Want to help restore the sanctity of marriage? Here’s a simple thought with loads of implications.
It’s something everybody can help with, regardless of marital status, gender, relationship experience, etc.
The thought: Give marriage the respect it deserves.
The result: Stop joking about things that bring disrespect to what God intended marriage to be. This includes joking about marriage itself or about spouses in a demeaning way, joking about sex, joking about divorce. We need to stop bending standards we claim to hold because of the influence of the culture around us. We need to stop placing ourselves in situations and climates that allow us to be negatively influenced. We need to admit that we have been impacted in the first place.
We have become so thoughtless and flippant about these kinds of things. What would happen if the standard that Christians held with regard to marriage and sex was reflected in all aspects of our lives? Oh wait… it does get reflected in all aspects of our lives.
So, let’s restructure that question: What would happen if the standard that Christians held with regard to marriage and sex was honourable and above reproach? I think something pretty amazing would happen. When we respect what God made marriage to be, we respect, please, and honour Him. We allow our lives to be lived out within that design. In turn, we also respect one another. Our friends, family, spouses, complete strangers even.
End result? God is glorified.