Marriages declining both locally and nationally - Massillon, OH - The Independent
I would dare to say that the decline is not as much tied to a recession or any sort of economical reason. I would instead say that the root cause is deeply rooted into the younger generations. There is, as those in the article point out, a very lacksadasical view of marriage currently. It is seen as something to just try out or as something that is a next step in a cohabitating, semi-monogamous, intimate relationship. So what if it doesn't work out! In fact, why even get married when you can get all the joys of marriage without the commitment? This is the sentiment of not only my generation, but the one before and after it. Marriage is less and less seen as a covenant before God reflecting the love Christ has for His church. What a tired, worn out ideal that is! We are living in an awakened time, why on earth would you view marriage to be something so archaic and oppressive!
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. "This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church.However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. - Ephesians 5:25-33