More and more these days, it seems like the attitude of the younger generation is, “Why marriage?” It’s regrettable that marriage is ridiculed so much in our society. One only has to hear a comedian make disparaging remarks or stream a sitcom that belittles marital sex as dull or boring to really see what people think about marriage. According to worldly individuals, marriage is nowhere near as exciting as unrighteous, promiscuous “hooking up.” If marriage were “as advertised” in the entertainment industry, why would anyone ever want to be married?
If the entertainment industry treatment of marriage were not enough, there’s also all the worn-out jokes at weddings about the guy getting a ring both for his finger and one for his nose, or the old one about getting a millstone tied around his neck. There has also been a ridiculing of and noticeable decline in the use of the word “obey” in the wedding vows, as if the wife is no longer to submit to her husband (Ephesians 5:24; 1 Peter 3:5-6). Honestly, with all the “fine humor” that is available about marriage, it is no wonder that some feel solitary confinement is preferable. Beyond the humor though, is the real heartbreaking abuse that so many women suffer because their husbands refuse to “love,” “nourish,” “cherish,” and “honor” them (Ephesians 5:25, 29; 1 Peter 3:7).
Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Because marriage is “honorable,” you’d better give it thorough respect. Marriage is given by God and nothing can replace its purity and perfection (Genesis 2:24-25). Couples who have taken their solemn vows should be content to live with one another, enjoying it as a gift from God. Don’t disparage marriage. If you want a mate, seek to live within its confines, for it’s a perfect solution given by our loving God.