There’s something about a capsized marriage that bothers people who are on the outside looking in. These days, after all, it starts to seem like every marriage is just a divorce waiting to happen. We live in a culture that is in perpetual doubt about marriage. How can we not be? The national divorce rate, according to the Census Bureau, is 9.2 for men and 9.7 for women.
In response to our poor marriage rates, some have glorified divorce — “it’s not so bad, kids!” — while others have embraced the idea of avoiding marriage all together, settling instead for serial monogamy or cohabitation.
The church has not escaped these signs of doom. People doubting the possibility of the lifelong covenant that is marriage, though, are better off looking to couples in their midst rather than celebrity pairs.