Marriage was instituted by God in the Garden of Eden, thus “therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24, NKJV). God’s intention for marriage was for man and woman to become a single united font rather than a divided font. It is sad that this division has crawled into the space of the faithful who are supposed to be custodians of God’s words. A study by Baylor University indicates that evangelical Christians have higher than average divorce rates than Americans with no religious affiliation. However, several factors have put a huge dent in the intended unity that was supposed to distinguish the institution of marriage from other unions.
Clinton and Trent (2009) state that financial issues is often the reason why 50% of new marriages end in divorce. Furthermore, a report from the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project showed that couples without assets are 70% more likely to divorce within three years than couples with $10,000 in assets. However, Gottman and Silver (1999) view financial issues as solvable problems that require “clearheaded budgeting” (p. 195). Couples who divorce due to financial issue do not successfully resolve the problem rather the issue develops into perpetual problems about emotional needs and power.
What other challenges do you see facing today’s Christian marriages?
Baylor University. (2014, February 5). Evangelical Christians have higher-than-average divorce rates, new report shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 14, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205103258.htm
Clinton, T. E., & Trent, J. (2009). The quick-reference guide to marriage & family counseling. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
Miller, A. (2013). Can this marriage be saved? Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/2013/04/marriage.aspx
Gottman, J., & Silver, N. (1999). The seven principles for making marriage work. Three Rivers Press: New York, NY.