USA Today recently ran an article about a study done by the National Marriage
Project by Rutgers. This study may motivate churches to do more to uphold the
honor of marriage. In a survey of men and women in their twenties: 62% thought
living together before marriage is a good way to avoid divorce. This runs
counter to countless studies that indicate people who live together before
marriage have a greater divorce rate than those who don't.
An even more alarming statistic is that 43% of twenty-somethings would only
marry a person who agreed to live together first. No wonder, with living
together glamorized by TV and movies. Surely the church needs to speak out more
forcefully on the sanctity of the marriage vows.
___________________________ Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible
College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.