There’s something different about marriage these days. That’s probably the most understated sentence you’ll read all day! Consider some of the research:
In 1960, nearly 70% of the adult population married; today, only about half the population marries. According to the Pew Research Center, the drop-off is even more precipitous for the Millennial generation. In 1960, over two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings married. Today, barely over a quarter (26%) marry. Thatâ€™s a forty percent decline in the span of a single generation! And thatâ€™s where weâ€™re headed: a â€œsingle generation.â€ For the first time in our nationâ€™s history, the majority of adults (18+) will soon be single.
That’s crazy to consider. That’s why we need to commit time and effort into carefully considering our views on marriage and how we apply Scripture in this area. That’s why I’m so grateful for my friend Tim’s book You Married the Wrong Person. His humor and brevity make this a punchy little read that will leave you thinking and reset your eyes on Christ. If you’re not much of a reader, don’t worry, this one can be read in one sitting! He’s also a die-hard Yankee fan, so you know you can trust his point of view!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe if God can raise His Son from the dead, He also has the power to resurrect a dead marriage.
“If God can raise His Son from the dead, He also has the power to resurrect a dead marriage.”Click to tweet
My in-laws were outlaws.
Because the worldâ€™s view of marriage is a mirage.
According to the Bible, thereâ€™s one basic problem with marriage: it always involves two sinners. â€œWhat causes fights and quarrels among you?â€ asks the apostle James. â€œIt is because each of you want your own way and donâ€™t get itâ€ (James 4:1-2). He got that right. From the Bibleâ€™s perspective, sin and selfishness make us all incompatible.
Tim Keller writes in his excellent book The Meaning of Marriage, â€œIt is the illusion that if we find our one true soul mate, everything wrong with us will be healed; but that makes the lover into God, and no human being can live up to that.â€