With Valentine’s Day happening yesterday, relationships are on people’s minds. Here in Toronto, a number of people took the opportunity to tie the night in marriage, in celebration of this special day to celebrate relationships.
Over a candle-lit dinner, my wife and I were discussing the subject of discussion on the news for the day where they asked their viewers “Is marriage important to you?” Viewers called into the newscast giving their opinion on whether marriage is an old tradition and irrelevant for us today, or something to continue to hold on to tightly in celebration of commitment. There were varying views from each side.
One of the comments my wife heard from a viewer on the news reminded me Continue reading “Preparing for failure: Divorce before marriage?”
Simply said, yes, it is a VERY big deal to be in partnership with a person who does not hold the same beliefs as you. Scripture is clear that this should not be.
As I pointed to in my last post
, 2 Corinthians 6:14 clearly states we are not to mix light with darkness. This reminds me of the accusations Jesus took from some Pharisees who claimed Jesus was a manifestation of Satan himself. The Christ responds with,
Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. — Luke 11:17, 18
For this relationship argument, Jesus’ words are what weigh heaviest for me. A kingdom divided against itself will be ruined. If this is true, how can the kingdom you will develop with your partner be built up strong and not fall if you are divided against yourselves from the beginning? You’re setting yourself up for failure.
Working with young people, one of the most common questions I hear stems from the apparent Biblical principle that we should not date/marry a person who does not have the same faith in Christ as we do.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? — 2 Corinthians 6:14
The overarching idea seems to be that being in a relationship, with the assumption of eventually being committed to each other in marriage, to someone without the same faith standards as yourself would cause problems in the marriage, and out of a need to see eye-to-eye, could cause those strong in their faith to compromise on their beliefs.
What do you think? Is it really that important for a Christian to marry another Christian? Or is there really a case to be made for “evangelistic dating,” where the Christian tries to convert the non-believing partner?
What has your experience been? Add your comments.
Write something on the necessity of being faithful and loyal to the authority figures over us, whether we agree with what they believe and do or not.
Esther 2.22 –> Mordecai warned King Xerxes about the plot to kill him.
Write something about honouring our parents in all things, but yet choosing to follow the Lord’s commands above those of our parents.
1 Kings 15:13
Write something on the fact that Jesus referred to so many people as friend who were not his friends.
I want to write down the things God has been saying to me about the Christian walk and how our walk affects those around us.
Please be patient with me as I attempt to get more information on here about what I want to write about so that you guys can give me some feedback.