What I Believe: Battle Cry

In this cesspool of a society, we're surrounded by greed, gluttony, dishonesty, immorality, and the list keeps growing.  Often we feel outnumbered.  Something about looking at the world we live in today just makes me celebrate the moments or snippets in life where I can see that other people get it too!

My friend TSJ had a magnificent post today.  Please go and read what she has to say about marriage.  Her battle cry is most timely & poignant.  All I've been able to think of since reading her post is of "The Family-A Proclamation to the World."
Especially the following section:
"...Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations."

Marriage is too temporary these days.  Too expendable.  Together one day, independent the next.  There are many in society who would argue that the idea of a single, monogamous marriage is an archaic tradition.  They would be correct in the fact that marriage is an ancient practice...but for good reason, for God ordained marriage in the beginning and set it as our pattern to follow, of one husband & one wife, clear back with Adam & Eve.  

Society would be incorrect in the mindset that a marriage is as easy to change as a trend or fashion fad.  Marriage is about hard work, devotion, forgiveness and selflessness.  If by chance there is abuse or unrighteous dominion being exercised within the marriage, then grounds for divorce may be present & that is truly between the couple and the Lord.  However, excuses such as having fallen out of love or not having anything in common anymore are evidence of selfishness.  Evidence that the spouse was not the priority they should've been.  Just because there's a form out there that allows you to check the "irreconcilable differences" box doesn't mean terminating a marriage for convenience is justified.  

Also, there are those who would say divorce is not necessary, but that carrying on a emotional and/or physical relationship on the side is acceptable.  Again, they could not be further from the truth.  Marriage is sacred.  It's a covenant.  A promise to put no person, practice, habit, or thing (besides God) before your spouse & your marriage.  That includes personal insecurities, pride, vanity, greed, money, texting relationships, online relationships, working relationships, recreational relationships, internet/video gaming, pornography, drug-abuse, alcohol, any other addictions, etc.  If any of these other things are a part of an individual's life, then these things are automatically infringing upon the marriage.

It is said, the best things in life are worth waiting for.  They're also the things in life worth fighting for, safeguarding, and preserving.  If marriage, with an eye single to the glory of God through honoring said marriage, was good enough for Adam & Eve, then it's 
MORE THAN SUFFICIENT for us in this day and age.

(For your own copy of The Family-A Proclamation to the World, visit below.)
The Family a Proclamation to the World


tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

amen, amen, amen sista!!! LOVE that we can be encouraged & inspired by each other!

Rosie said...

What an inspiring post! I too have been thinking about this lately. In Okinawa we were really good friends over the span of 6 years with 9 couples. Couples that were married in the temple, had kids, served missions, were active. You get the idea. Out of those 9, 7 are divorced. It is so sad. Satan is working hard to destroy the family and so many are letting him. I vow to stand and fight!

I'm coming down there next month for 10 days, can we see each other???

NaDell said...

Agree. And I like to tell people (if they ever complain to me about any thing their spouse does-which is one big "no-no") that they are the ones who picked them. You have to be able to work through it. Go talk to an older set of grandparents or someone to see how they did it. Everyone has rough patches.

Cherie said...

Great post Keely and all so true!! It is sad that the world does not take marraige seriously these days.
The other day I read a statement that Cameron Diaz had given the press. She said that she couldn't understand why you couldn't love many people. She likes having a boyfriend for 5 years that she will love forever, and then another one that she will love forever, and so on she said she cannot understand how people can think they would love just one person and stay with them forever. I was like WHAT??
So wrong so wrong but to many young girls who love her it might make sense. Celebrities and people in the news have so much pull and Satan is right their putting the words in their mouths. It is sad.

Garden of Egan said...

Beautiful post Keely. You are so right.

Off to read your friends site.

Chels said...

Super awesome post! Couldn't agree more.

Nikki said...

What an awesome post.
I agree that people walk away from marriage to quickly... and don't work on their problems. When we got married our Pastors gave us really good advice. Over the years we've had our ups and downs, But Ors is stuck with me till death do us part... poor Ors! ;)

karen★ said...

I love Tracie and I absolutely loved her post! You are so so right. Marriage is so very important and is just shoved aside so easily by so many people. I love that you shared the Proclamation with people who don't have it as easily accessible as we do. You are completely wonderful!

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