“It’s not what it used to be” has been said of cars, medical care, technology and a variety of other things. Some even apply it to marriage. “Traditional marriage” has been called archaic, outdated and unreasonable in today’s world. One celebrity, when asked “Do you think marriage is a dying institution?” replied with this statement, “I do. I think we have to make our own rules. I don’t think we should live our lives in relationships based off old traditions that don’t fit our world any longer.”
Unfortunately, many people have bought into this flawed concept of marriage. Marriage though is not just a traditional arrangement. It is not a creation of man. Before there were civil governments, laws or even cultures, God created marriage. In Genesis 2, God created man, saw that man needed a companion, created woman, joined the two together. Verse 24 states, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Adam and Eve did not meet accidentally , fall in love and then decide to create a union called marriage. They were joined together by God, and called man and wife. To say that marriage is outdated and unreasonable is to ignore what God did in the beginning and say that God did not know what He was doing when He joined Adam and Eve together.
Unlike it is often portrayed in today’s society, marriage is to be held in high esteem. God not only created marriage, but regards it highly. He reveres marriage so much that He used the concept of marriage to describe His relationship with His chosen nation Israel (Jer. 31:32; Hos. 2:16; 19:20; Isa. 54:5-6). He also esteems marriage so much that He inspired the apostle Paul to define the relationship between Christ and the church as that between a groom and bride (Eph. 5:22-33). If God reveres marriage so highly, should we not also?
Marriage does not need to die. It needs to be revived to be the relationship God intended from the very beginning.