Friday, October 31, 2008

How do we uplift marriage in our churches?

We are failing! As the divorce rate hovers around 50% and the number of people who just live together without the commitment grows, we are fighting an uphill battle. Since most weddings take place in a church of somesort, the church at large is probably the biggest reason why divorce is so high. Our problem is that we usually blame society and do not take responsibility for our lack of action.

So where in the world do we start? I have to admit, I am at a complete loss. I need input. Not only for ideas but also for support. For too long, the church has just kind of followed culture and for a long time, culture was not that far off. However, we no longer live in that world. The culture is based off of Friends, ER, Desperate Housewives, etc, and if you have ever watched those shows, it does not look like the church. In general, people spend 5-6 hours watching shows during the week, over 40 hours in public schools that do not promote traditional marriage, and almost no time discussing marriage with parents. So at best, children and youth have 1 hour a week to hear God's pure truth and 90% of the time, marriage does not come up. So who is going to win?

As we are a church based on the Word, where in the world do we start? Give me thoughts and I will address it soon!

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