Redefining Marriage (How Christian Ethics Can Save Marriage)


Have you ever noticed how we hide from the truth of God’s word? We hide behind the lies and ideologies that keep us from entering the cleansing, life giving truth. Paul Louis Metzger say’s “Such truth telling is life giving, even when the truth stings and hurts. It functions as a cleansing balm applied to an infected open wound.” This is especially true when looking at marriage.

I believe that if we stand upon the word of God, and walk into the light of Christ with our spouses we can see all wounds healed! If we who are Christians apply a Godly standard for our homes we will see our nation follow.

If I love my Wife and behave toward her in the way that Romans 12:9-21, and Ephesians 5 says I can forever change the way our children will live, and view the world, also by doing this I set forth a foundation upon which they can stand in an evil and perverse generation. Giving them and the world a gospel message of love and faithfulness, for marriage between a man and a woman is a type of Christ and His church. Husbands and wives have an obligation to show the world God’s faithfulness to His people by our faithfulness to each other!

The essence of Christian ethics is to put others before ourselves. This is what Jesus did for us! This is the pattern we were first shown by our Lord and Savior. Would Christ leave His bride? Would God the Father abandon His children? If the answer is no, then why do we?

The application of Christian ethics we find in the New Testament can and will change our lives and marriages when we apply them. Paul the Apostle has this to say about how we should live Eph 5:6-11 “Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient. Therefore, do not become their partners. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light— for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth— discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.”

If walking in the light results in “All goodness, righteousness, and truth” then wouldn’t the opposite be true; Walking in darkness results in all badness, unrighteousness, and lies. The empty arguments that deceive us in marriage are many, and without walking in the light of Christ through obedience to His word we will stumble into the pit of deception.

In darkness we can see nothing; in the light we can see everything. Christian ethics can save our marriages because they are light and expose the empty arguments that cause Christian marriages to end.

 

Paul Louis Metzger The Gospel of John published by InterVarsity Press.

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