Author, Angela Crouch shares her viewpoint:
I have seen a growing trend among the people around me, and throughout the world, to question whether or not
marriage is worth it anymore, since most of the benefits of being legally and
lawfully joined in matrimony can be made available to any couple. Isn’t it just
a piece of paper?
Others fight for that piece of paper and legal designation, and by so doing
seek to change the fundamental precepts that marriage was founded on — aka
“redefining marriage”. With my “old fashioned” view on marriage, I find it hard to understand, or
condone either of these.
This is what marriage used to mean and still means to me:
First, look at government’s stake in, and society’s purpose for
marriage through most of human history.
Sowell, one of America’s brilliant minds put it this way: “In the absence of the
institution of marriage, the individuals could arrange their relationship
whatever way they wanted to, making it temporary or permanent, and sharing their
worldly belongings in whatever way they chose. Marriage means that the
government steps in, limiting or even prescribing various aspects of their
relations with each other — and still more, their relationship with whatever
children may result from their union. In other words, marriage imposes legal
restrictions, taking away rights that individuals might otherwise have.”
With this understanding it makes sense why some couples like the “just a piece
of paper” argument. I mean, who wants the Government to have any say in their
personal relationships? However, the main focus of society’s past interest in marriage was because of the
children that usually result from the union of a man and a woman. It happens.
Deal with it. But society needed to make sure that those children were taken
“Marriage is the institution that maximizes the likelihood that the two of them would take the
responsibility of raising that child.”
He stated further: “The state’s interest in marriage is not that it cares
about my love life, or your love life, or anyone’s love life just for the sake
of romance. The state’s interest in marriage is ensuring that those kids have
fathers who are involved in their lives.”
Completely logical, but for most people, especially Christians,
marriage means much more.
My friend Mary Hawkins expressed the viewpoint of most Christians:
Old fashioned? I don't think so. Not when the meaning of what marriage
is has stood for thousands of years. I strongly believe that every
person NOT committed to God and His son, Jesus, may indeed have the
freedom of choice in relationships. What I do very strongly object to is
the demand it still be called marriage so it has all the safeguards and
rights governments have made for true marriage. this whole trend just
makes me extremely sad - and fearful for our beloved nation.
Well said! Thanks for your very clear comment Mary.
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