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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Case for Early Marriage

This article, by Albert Mohler, is well worth your time. For parents of sons and daughters, but perhaps particularly for parents of sons, it is a good food for thought.

Does it make any sense to teach abstinence to Christian teens but then tacitly discourage them from marrying young? According to the article the median age for first marriage is 26 for women and 28 for men, up five years from 1970. Mohler quotes sociologist and author Mark Regnerus, "That's five additional, long years of peak sexual interest and fertility."

The problem is that serious Christian women tend to outnumber serious Christian men (about three women for every two men). The article doesn't discuss how this might impact one's parenting, but it reminds me that I want my sons to know that marriage is wonderful and fulfilling.


MOHeather said...

Thanks for the interesting read. I hadn't thought about the correlation between the delay of marriage and the affect it had on the gospel being communicated here in America. That gave me something new to ponder. Steve didn't marry me until he was 28 and it was not easy for him or us to wait. Of course we didn't meet until then, so we couldn't have done it differently.

I'm often thought about the faulty argument our society uses to tell young people to wait to get married so they can "discover" themselves during their 20s and 30s. I think that leads to a self-autonomy that is very difficult to change once eventually married. Good read. :)

Mrs. Edwards said...

Mr. Edwards was 30 when we married, and similar to your experience, we didn't meet until he was 29 (he's a few years older than me). This article gave us a lot to talk about, especially as we pray and hope that our sons can hit the ground running and not spend their twenties trying to find out what they want in life, but instead pursue Christ.

That's so true about self-autonomy settling in.

Sharon said...

I really appreciated this link, Amy. In particular, I agreed with what the author wrote about how a pragmatic focus on abstinence seems to have detracted from a focus on marriage as a way to glorify God and present the gospel. I can see the following conversation becoming common if only more Christians would choose to enter marriages cognisant of the third party in their marriage contract (God):

Q:"Why is your marriage so different to my relationship?"
A: "Because mine reflects the amazing relationship between Jesus Christ and His Bride, His beloved Christian church! Can I tell you about Jesus and why He makes a difference?"

What a great chance to share the gospel - because you are a living example of its wonder and power!

~ Sharon

Louisiana Laura said...

Am looking forward to reading more of your previous posts, as well as future entries. Really enjoyed this one.
This is such a eye opener, we've been talking about this recently too. I agree that it can be a glorifying event when it reflects Christ and the church. What a way to share insight into Christ's love-
Blessings to you and yours!

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