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22 March, 2012 15:23

March 22, 2012

iMarriage

The Johnny Appleseed of the twentieth century is ironically called Apple.

No other company in the United States of America has risen to world dominance like the Apple Corporation. This iconic company now boasts that its value is greater than the entire GNP of many countries. Hundreds of devoted followers will camp out for days despite the heat or cold, awaiting the release of their latest product line. There is little doubt that the iPod, iPad, iMac, and iPhone, have helped to revolutionize the way we live and function.

This insatiable desire to own the latest gadget has become, for many, an obsession. Suddenly the old has lost it’s appeal. Value and importance having been replaced by a newer, sleeker, faster and more stylish version, with more eye and image appeal than the former.

While I have no ax to grind against those who relish such things, I do find myself troubled by what we could term the ‘ i ’ generation. The Scriptures warn us that in the last days people will be characterized as ‘lovers of self…rather than lovers of God’. In other words God will take a secondary role to man’s obsession with ‘self’.

This is nowhere more evident than in the area of marriage, and especially Christian marriage. There is an epidemic of divorce sweeping through the Church like never before. Interestingly, women more than men, are leading this charge. What troubles me the most is how quickly people are willing to discard the old for the new. No sooner does a new ‘item’ appear with sleeker lines and a more shapely body than our ‘must have’ kicks into high gear. This inordinate lust for ‘I ‘satisfaction is reaping havoc in the very fabric of our society, not to mention discrediting God’s great and glorious name.

Whatever happened to agape love, integrity, commitment, faithfulness, forgiveness and character? As my late father use to say regarding the Hollywood crowd, ‘They have the morals of an alley cat.’ Anyone can become a sperm donor, but it takes real character to lay down your life for another. Yes, ‘for better or worse’ is not to be entered into unadvisedly for sure, but once entered into, it is ‘til death do us part’.

I have conducted numerous weddings and given many a wedding message. I can say that almost without exception I have told the happy couple that while Paul was presenting his case against marriage, he also gives some of the most valuable insights into marriage. (1 Cor.7:32-34) You recall that Paul stated that the single person is free to give their life entirely to the Lord, while the married man or woman is to give their life to please their spouse. As is often the case, we enter into the covenant of marriage for all the wrong reasons; namely ‘i’ satisfaction. They believe their spouse’s role is to make them happy, supply their needs etc. Nothing could be further from the truth and selfish than that type of mindset. Paul says that the real function of marriage is to seek to please the other. After all isn’t this the example that Jesus set for us when He laid down His life for us?

Go ahead, buy yourself a new iPad and how about one for your wife while you’re at it, but let’s refrain from becoming part of the iMarriage generation.

Keep in mind, ‘What God has joined together let no man put asunder.’

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2012 9:20 pm

    Thank you David for addressing this issue within the Christian church. One would expect such out in the world, but not in the church. It should make us aware of just how much of the world we have allow to fill our Christian walk in every area of our lives.

    If I may, I would like to share a poem I wrote for my wonderful wife.

    There is a mystery of time that is written in each day.
    It’s written in our thoughts and words that we say.

    In this mystery of time in which we live our life.
    It’s written by us to live in love, or battle with strife.

    One is the way of victory, the other the way of defeat.
    It’s on this ground of love you and I did meet.

    We have written on this mystery of time the power of God’s grace.
    On what we say ( the victory of God’s love ) we have our base.

    To live this mystery of time and fulfill our days.
    Writing with God’s love, walking in his ways.

  2. March 26, 2012 8:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Revival Bible Study.

  3. Molly l permalink
    April 13, 2012 1:53 am

    Erik and I are very happily married… We think it gets better every year! You married us almost 17 years (and almost 8 children) ago! He bought me an iPad for mothers day last year… He is a wonderful husband and father!

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