“Mum, I’m getting married!” words that are music to every Christian mother’s ears. But in the 21st century has the attitude toward marriage changed…even in the church?
Times have definitely changed. In the previous generation, chaperoned meetings, group outings and short engagements of 3-6 months was how it was done. Nowadays, with the standard of living at an all-time high, couples need longer to save up not only for the wedding but the life that comes after!
It’s fair to say that the majority of young people my age, outside the church, are not taking the step of marriage these days. There are many contributing factors for this; the main one is expense. Why spend huge sums of money on one day when it could go towards a deposit for a house, luxury holidays or even the shopping trip of a lifetime? Maybe it is not fashionable any more or it’s seen as a day just to please family and friends but what is the real meaning of marriage for the modern woman?
The vows contain four promises: care, protect, honesty and time. Yes, marriage is a legal formality of the joining of assets and the lead up to the wedding can be stressful, but the sacred bond that is formed when the couple are standing at the altar, hand in hand, vowing to each other before God and their loved ones, in my opinion is a step that should not be taken lightly or overlooked.
Some girls have been planning their wedding since they were children, dressing up and daydreaming about being the princess in the fairy tales. It’s easy to get carried away with the day and forget the point of the wedding – marriage! With the media broadcasting marriages and relationships among celebrities that barely last a week it’s easy to see why young people today would think marriage is trivial.
But marriage is ordained by God and Mark 10:8-9 says “And they twain (two) shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder (separate)”. Marriage is not just the wedding day. Far from it!! The life that comes after is about compromise so two individuals can endure the bad times along with the good and live in harmony as one. And as God is love, love MUST be the foundation of a marriage for it to be a success. As Corinthians 13:8 says “charity (love) never faileth…”
Christmas is a time of cheer and goodwill to all men. It’s a time when families come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by giving gifts and showing love to one another. Jesus represents life, joy, peace and love and He sets the example for how we should live.
At this Time of year I am truly grateful for my family and friends, for they are a part of me. They are the ones that have helped me to be who I am today and more than anything I thank God for sending His son Jesus. The family is a blessing from God and we are privileged in this time of giving to have the opportunity to spend time with our families. Know matter what we have to say about the members of our family we did not choose them but we love them.
When an adult passes their ‘Peter Pan stage’ they will have lost innocence and the ability to truly imagine and think like a child. The responsibility of adulthood over takes the ability to see life in a simplistic way. The pranks that your parents played as a child are no longer considered to be funny, and the mistakes they made when they were younger become unforgivable when they are on the receiving end as adults. They forget what it’s like to be young.
The Bible tells parents that they are not to provoke their children to be angry, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). We go through stages as young people where we believe that we are better off without them, but without the discipline we would be lost and out of control. God did not choose our family in error God had a plan. It’s hard to accept it but we are moulded by our environments and by the people in it.
The Bible also tells us that you should Honour your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God has given you (Exodus 20:12). The relationships we have with our parents are important and we are not to forget that we were on God’s mind before we were conceived. But yet he surrounds us with love and enables are parents to make provisions for us to live and survive.
Let us appreciate those that have done so much for us throughout the years. Our friends, family, guardians, and mentors mean so much to us. Where would we be without them?
At the moment, global and local news stations are dominated with stories and updates of how bad the “credit crunch” is affecting us, scaring the public into thinking that the economy in every major developed country is going into a financial recession.
As a young person you are probably thinking, “What does that mean?”, “So what!!, It doesn’t affect me!”The credit crunch is an economy based problem where banks and investors become wary of lending money to businesses and corporate organisations. A credit crunch makes it nearly impossible for companies to borrow because lenders are scared of bankruptcies. Its easy to see why so many young people think that this only concerns adults – it all seems like mumble-jumble and therefore goes through one ear and out the other! But even though this issue doesn’t seem very important to us as young people it is important to be aware of what may happen in the long run.
In the bible it talks about the “signs of the times”. Many Christians around the world believe that there is a deeper issue beneath all of the financial talk we are hearing about, that there is a bigger picture that we are not seeing. There is a reason why this is an issue with banks worldwide and there can only be one reason for this – banks around the world are getting ready to collaborate and form a One World Bank. Sound familiar? It should to those who have read the Left Behind series. This information isn’t here to scare you, but rather to stir up your awareness as young people.
The Bible says that “We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation” and as the New Generation of Hope, we are the ones to carry the church forward in a time where the world is in chaos. Don’t fear! Just stand on the promises of God. He said that He would never leave the righteous forsaken”, and God never goes back on His word! Trust Him, and pray for the youth of today