It’s amazing how quickly the culture can change. I remember my mother thinking that something was wrong with me because I wasn’t married yet in my early twenties. Her generation got married straight out of high school. She married my father at 19 and stayed married until her death 52 years later.
Society has pushed education and career to the forefront and in higher priority than God and family. This is where the enemy has had an opportunity to come in and pervert the foundation of morals and beliefs.
People get so educated that their intellectualism gets in the way of faith. They become too logical to believe what seems as “foolishness” in the Bible. They want to find their own way and prove that they are “somebody”.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”[a]
20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks[b] foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
The faster we get the revelation that we, as a nation, can do nothing without God, the better.
Although young people have been waiting to get married, most of them aren’t waiting to have sex. We were created as sexual beings. God created sex for marriage to enjoy and to multiply. The longer that we wait to get married, the greater the temptation to fornicate. No one is exempt. My husband and I both love God and had both committed to celibacy years before we met. After both living a lifestyle of sin for many years before our commitment to God, we were successful from abstaining from sex. When we starting growing closer to one another and spending more time together, it became harder to resist our flesh. By the grace of God, we made it until after marriage, but in our own strength we would have never made it. So young people are going away to college, getting indoctrinated into intellectualism and swayed from their beliefs. They come home and want to wait to get married until they have their career established and are financially stable. This sounds very good on paper, but the problem is that we never achieve a place of arrival. We are always wanting to do more. At what point do we stop and say “I’m ready to settle down”? It’s nice to have it all together, but what about building something together?
I’m not against education or waiting for God to get married at the right timing and with the right person. I just feel our culture has twisted our privilege to work against us and make us rely on self, more than God. Our bodies hit puberty at a young age. In Bible times, people got married extremely young, probably more comparable to the time of hormonal changes. While our culture has changed, the human body hasn’t. This is why teenagers find themselves caught up in situations that can threaten their virginity. Unmarried sex causes soul ties, hurt, low self-esteem, and so many other things that can be devastating to their bodies, souls, and spirits. We have to take our culture back and make “waiting” the norm. God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman for the rest of their lives. We must bring back God’s statutes and family values if we want to strengthen our nation. We need husbands/fathers to take their rightful place. We need wives/mothers to let their spouses lead.
I believe God is restoring marriage in this hour. I have witnessed many young people getting married and setting an example for their generation. These are young people that love God, are intelligent, and are still pursuing education and working towards career goals. They are building their foundation together. This might seem like a small insignificant occurrence, but I believe they are trailblazers for their generation to restore the foundation of family and Kingdom values to our culture. Their decision might seem foolish to many, but God says that they are wise. They are putting to shame the lies of world spoken against marriage and family.
1 Corinthians 1:27
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Father, we thank You that You give us wisdom and strength. Thank You for Your Word that gives us instructions and encouragement in trying times. Forgive us for conforming with the culture of the world instead of transforming the world’s culture with Your Word. Thank You for the trailblazers that are changing the standard of what is acceptable for marriage to align with your Word. Help us all to pioneer change by using our marriages to glorify Your Kingdom. Restore honor to marriage. Restore Biblical principles and Kingdom values to our homes. We want to transform the nation by being who You have created us to be. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!