So much immorality
Pastor Mark Jeske

There’s an old gag that says, “Marriage is a great institution, but who wants to live in an institution?” Hahahaha. Marriage is indeed a human covenant instituted by God on the sixth day of creation. It is a brilliant invention for the reproduction of the human race, guaranteeing that a child will have the protection, love, and access to life wisdom of both a female and male in the home.

It is an antipoverty mechanism, for two people can live more cheaply together than separately. It is healthy—if you marry as a virgin and stay loyal to your spouse, you will never have to fear sexually transmitted diseases. It is a tremendous advantage to face life’s challenges as a lifelong team, with double the brainpower, double the imagination, double the talents, double the life experiences.

And it provides the only God-pleasing way that there is for sexual activity that does not offend against the Sixth Commandment. Pretty much everybody I know thinks we live in an insanely sex-drenched culture. St. Paul might give us an argument though: “Since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband” (1 Corinthians 7:2).

Sexual immorality (i.e., sexual activity outside of marriage) not only can cause tremendous damage to people and their relationships; it incurs sinful guilt before God. Christian couples have a solemn obligation and thrilling mission to have an impact on the world and live their faith by making their “institution” look like a great place to live.


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