Will Marriage Soon Be Meaningless?
Published : March 19, 2019
Now, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, 75 percent of Americans say it’s okay to have and raise children when the parents are living together but not married. So how did we get here?
Fifty years ago, a Gallup poll was done showing only 21% of Americans said premarital sex was acceptable; 68% said it was wrong. That was 1969. So what happened to change the attitudes of people about marriage over five decades?
Skyrocketing divorce rates among heterosexuals have added to the problem, as well as the increasing divorce rate among Christians. Did you know that since around the early 1960s, the divorce rate in America has increased over 100% to where now more than one out of every two marriages ends in divorce?
Bisexual, pedophile, and sexologist, Alfred Kinsey did much damage to people’s healthy views of sex and marriage in the 1950s. Dig up the truth about Kinsey, not the whitewashed Hollywood version.
Planned Parenthood’s founding feminist, adulterer, and atheist, Margaret Sanger promoted sexual freedom at a time when the word abortion was spoken about in hushes and whispers. We’ve now reached the point where killing a baby in the womb is just another form of birth control.
Then a major cultural event happened fifty years ago, billed as “3 Days of Peace and Music” in White Lake, New York. Woodstock drew nearly 500,000 people in 1969. There were drugs, nudity, sex, rock and roll, and a lot of mud from the rain.
It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in pop music history and the peak of the hippie counterculture. Ideas of rebellion against authority, peace, love, sex, tolerance, and unity resonated throughout the country – very much like today’s godless culture in which two thirds of adults (65%) say it’s a good idea to live with one’s significant other before getting married.
But one of the saddest findings to me is that forty-eight (48%) of professing Christians surveyed live with or have previously lived with their boyfriend/girlfriend. This makes me wonder if we are all reading the same Holy Bible.
We didn’t see all the causes decades ago, but we’re sure seeing the effects today.
For example, lesbian journalist named Masha Gessen literally has three kids who have five parents; She even admitted that homosexual activists were lying about their political agenda. She boldly declared,
“The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist.”You heard right. ‘Marriage shouldn’t even exist.’
In 1979, this is how Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defined marriage:
a. "the state of being married; b. the mutual relation of husband and wife; wedlock; c. the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family;"
Here’s a modern definition for marriage today:
1. "the state of being united as spouses in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law; the mutual relation of married persons.
2. any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world… including opposite-sex marriage, same-sex marriage, plural marriage, and arranged marriage."
Here’s how Jesus defines marriage:
"But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh’; …Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Mark 10:6-9In the late 1950s, very few couples lived together without being married while today, the cohabitation rate for women prior to their first marriage is around seventy (70%) percent. Seventy.
Some of these stats are not just cultural indicators; these are judgments on the Christian church and our lack of moral influence in America.
John Stott once stated:
We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, “What has happened to salt and light?