The family, centered on marriage, is the basic unit of society. Healthy marriages and families are the foundation of thriving communities. When marriages break down, communities suffer.
We know how God designed marriage, but our broken world often leaves God out of the equation. As a result, many people don't know or understand marriage's bigger purpose, viewing it as "a private relationship," "just a piece of paper," or "any two people who love each other," but marriage is so much more than a personal relational choice.
The strength of any fabric — from the sheerest muslins to the sturdiest upholstery — is its pattern of tightly woven threads. Similarly, the social institution of marriage is a pattern that strengthens the fabric of families, churches, communities and countries.
For too long, our confidence in marriage has been undermined by persistent misunderstandings and imperfect data. This series will change how we think and talk about marriage—and what we can dare to hope from it. We will look at marriage myths that have spread like a cancer through our culture–myths that have become self-fulfilling prophecies.
But maybe you're saying, "Well, Pastor Marty, your data might be better, but the only data that matters to me is my failed marriage," or "my parents' divorce when I was young."
Well, I can't change that, and my prayer for you is healing and restoration. However, I want to encourage you that God is bigger than and with us in our circumstance, whether inside or outside of marriage.
Please join me for our Sunday series on The Good News About Marriage as we learn how marriages affect more than marriages... and really how they come back to one important thing: our relationships with God.
Living As Loved,
Pastor Marty Walker