Did you know that National Marriage Week USA is being celebrated from February 7-14, 2019?
According to NationalMarriageWeekUSA.org, “National Marriage Week USA seeks to mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in common purpose to strengthen marriage in communities and convey what the social science clearly tells us: marriage leads to greater wealth, health, longevity and happiness.” The organization’s website offers research on marriage, information on pro-marriage events, and resources for couples seeking to improve their marriages.
The National Marriage Week (NMW) organizers assert that the percentage of children born to unwed mothers in the United States increased from 5% in 1960 to 41% in 2008. This is a truly alarming figure, and it points to the reality that our culture’s rebellious separation of sex from the God-ordained institution of marriage is disastrous and unsustainable. Another key fact pointed out on the website is this: Boys who grow up without fathers at home are twice as likely to end up in prison as boys who live with their fathers. On the bright side, NMW asserts that Americans who finish high school, work full-time, and do not have children until they are married have only a two percent chance of living in poverty.
Marriage was intended by God to be a blessing, and it is a blessing—for women, for men, and for children. Christians, let us make sure that our lives and our rhetoric reinforce this truth.