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.