Why Marriage is Important?

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What is the secret to a long and vibrant marriage? One couple was asked this question and the man was quick to answer. He said, “We take time to go to a restaurant twice a week – a little candlelight, dinner and soft music in the background – then a very slow walk home. She goes Tuesdays and I go Fridays.” Is that the secret to lasting marriage? The word of God has something very different to say.

Back in we read these profound words, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh“. Here we have the institution of marriage and a Divine declaration of what marriage is. As I said in an old post, marriage is “between a man and a woman with the purpose of procreation (), pleasure (), partnership () and productivity ().”

Marriage is something that God has established. It is not an invention of the church nor is it something reserved for conservative Christians. Marriage is an institution that God has ordained and is grounded in creation. When God made male and female He intended for them to be married. Marriage provides many benefits of a spiritual, sexual and social nature. God ordained it and views it as important and precious. Sadly, many in our society do not share this view.

The family unit is being attacked and even mocked by many in our society. Many television programs display dysfunctional families. You see selfish and lazy husbands; wives who are continually trying to lead the family and put down their husbands and disobedient and rebellious children.

Television and society in general are attacking what God holds as precious. In addition to this attack and mockery, the world is promoting an alternative lifestyle. It is suggested that you don’t need to get married to have fun and be a family. We are being increasingly exposed to the sins of premarital sex. People living together before marriage, the promotion of abortion, divorce, disobedient and rebellious children and even child abuse are a part of family entertainment. These sins are becoming more openly accepted in society. They are championed on television programs.

To think that we are at the point where sexual sin is flaunted and defended shows how far we have departed from the mandate that God has set. We have gone so far from the Divine declaration of a man leaving his father and mother, and joining with his wife and becoming one flesh.

Next time, I would like to discuss the ramifications of a departure of God’s blueprint for marriage and family.

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Photo Credit: 1941 wedding photo – Barton Archives

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love.

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.

One thought on “Why Marriage is Important?”

  1. Thanks for this, Andrew. A great summary of an important topic. It’s important to note that marriage is God’s design, not man’s or the Church’s. And it has ramifications and benefits beyond the mere institution.

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