Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

Husbands love your wives

November 10, 2008

A colleague and I had some lunch.  At lunch, we read through 1 Corinthians 7:1-16.  Basically there are two sections here, “Principles of Marriage” and “Keep Your Marriage Vows” (these are how my NKJV bible chooses to title them).

The first section seems to deal with the physical passions that are necessary in a marriage.  Don’t, as a husband, neglect her.  And vice versa.  It is interesting how Paul mentioned that those who have that desire and have a tough time controlling, should get married.  Paul was a very wise man indeed.

Also, to note, our the biblical roles.  God has ordained the man as the leader, and head of the household.  The wife, the helpmate.  No role is above the other, rather they are equal and perfect when attuned to God’s will!  We as men are not called to Lord it over our wives, and also, our wives should support us.

Marriage truly is two becoming one.  She is mine, and I am my wife’s.

I have been married almost eight years.  I really have forgotten what the single life is about.  Frankly, I don’t care much to go back to those days.  Unlike much of the world, I don’t feel locked down with a ball and chain when married to my wife.  You know why?  Because, also unlike the world, we realize our roles.  The world says we should have equal sharetime in our roles.  We should both be leaders and helpmates.  Right.  The world has also produced a + 50% divorce rate.  No thanks!  Too many chiefs and not enough indians, is what I say.

So, keep your marriage vows.  Know your roles.  Love each other and trust God.  I think you’ll be better in the long run.  And remember, it ain’t always a bed of roses.  It isn’t always peachy.

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Greece, Rome, and now…

October 23, 2008

It is no secret that societies which embraced and accepted immoral attitudes eventually fall.  Maybe it is more of a sign of a society that is already fallen.  A culture that became so weak, that the small minority of those who accepted such obscurities became outright vocal and powerful.

Rome had those boy slaves used by the upper class and nobility.  Greece had its share of immoral behaviors.  These two empires eventually failed.

Of course, I’m not trying to say that immoral behavior is the main reason these empires failed.  Again, I think it is probably a condition of a weakened society.

Over the past few decades, America has grown more decadent.  When marriage is no longer safe, we know we are in for a heap of trouble.

Look, we have economic failures as a result of greed.  Abortion is a failure because we promoted free love and sex without the consequences.  AIDS is a reality because of the immoral choices we make.

Yes, the blatant acceptance of immorality is a sign of weakness.

Do I stand here like a fierce God and condemn everyone?  No.  This is not my job, and frankly, I don’t have the qualifications to attempt it.  I’d have to condemn myself first.  It is my job to warn others, though.

I believe the church is largely at fault too.  We Christians have become somewhat exclusive in our ability to love thy neighbor!  I’m guilty.  We also have those pretending to be Christians while promoting hatred towards sinners.  Fred Phelps would have been kicked out of the temple like the money changers!

Sin.  This all boils down to sin.  And as Paul said, of which I am the chiefest.

And there are consequences to sin.  Whether you stand as an unbeliever like the three monkey trio.  The fact is, your unbelief will not make the truth a myth.

Some societies were eventually wiped out by the hand of God as a result of their sin.  I don’t take God lightly.

There is hope.  People can be changed.  If they are truly open minded, they will receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior!  Those who are truly open minded have done so.  Those with a narrow-minded stubborn pride will continue to deny God’s existence, therefore leaving no chance for change.

Also, God wants you to come as you are.  If you are gay, come as a gay person and let God sort out your issues.  If you’re a crack head, don’t feel you have to quit the crack before receiving the Messiah!  Let God sort that out.  If I thought I had to be perfect before becoming a Christian, why would I need to go to God?  I’d be perfect.

Our society is failing.  God isn’t.