"The truth is, as goes the marriage, so goes the family; as goes the family, so goes the church; as goes the church, so goes a community; and as goes the community, so goes the nation. Note that the institution of marriage is the foundation upon which all other social dynamics rest" (Ingle, 2005, 21).
Because of the amount of content in chapter 1, we took 2 weeks to work through it. Last week, we waded into chapter 2, Why Marriage? We zeroed in on the section THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE: Matthew 19.1-4.
Haven't you read in your Bible that the Creator originally made man and woman for each other, male and female? (Jesus in The Message).
"The terms 'husband' and 'wife' are being replaced with such terms as 'significant other,' 'domestic partner' and 'companion.' The legalization and recognition of same-sex unions being placed on the same level as the traditional marriage is quickly gaining ground" (Ingle, 2005, 21).
We discussed the following questions from chapter 2:
Why has the institution of marriage been under attack?
How would you describe the meaning of marriage? How would you describe the value of marriage?
What is a covenant? How does the idea of a covenant relationship relate to the marriage?
How should the love of God play a part in the marriage?
There are other questions from chapter 2, and yet more to consider. However, these were enough to get the conversation started.
Adapted from Ingle, V. (2005). The Truth About the Family: Biblical Patterns and Principles. Joplin, MO: Messenger Publishing House.