Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: MARRIAGE (08/25/16)
TITLE: Thrown out!
By Mike Hill
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The group was precisely what he had been looking for - an adult group geared toward singles and married couples. During the last decade, he had focused so much on becoming a doctor that marriage or the prospect of marriage had alluded him. Maybe meeting “her” in this class would be possible.
Arriving ten minutes early, he found a seat on the back row hoping not to raise too much attention. Scanning the crowd, he was pleased with the favorable odds.
Starting innocently enough, the conversation quickly turned into a discussion about marriage. Largely composed of comments about husbands loving their wives and wives loving their husbands with most comments started with something like “I feel that…” or “I think…” It seemed most were defending personal feelings on marriage resulting in a terrible mishmash of ideas, full of modern “feel good” opinions. A Bible was not to be found.
An appropriately disheveled young man arose explaining about his dissertation research, making statements about how marriage was not natural. He claimed research reveals that the makeup of the human psyche was such that most people were made to be single, free, and promiscuous. Astonishingly, heads nodded.
He went on. “One partner for life? This seems like a lot to expect of any human being… It's time for our culture to wake up and smell the sex pheromones: monogamy is not natural… Biology suggests that strict monogamy is not a "one size" fits all proposition… Besides, marrying for love is a relatively new concept… With the advent of mechanization, the pursuit of happiness became a legitimate human pursuit”.
“Previously, marriage was primarily a socioeconomic transaction. Spending the rest of your life with someone was more about the protection of property and the sharing of labor than it was about romance. Instead of pointing fingers or acting morally superior, we should recognize that strict sexual fidelity is a lofty, fundamentally doomed aspiration. No two individuals, and no two couples are alike”. Heads were vigorously nodding agreement.
Slowly shaking his head, Chad couldn’t believe what he was hearing. That movement must have caught the attention of the leader. Called on for an opinion, the only thing that came to mind was the priest who shocked him by saying that he thought the worst thing to happen to marriage was “love”. Initially his thought was what did a celibate priest know about marriage and then it hit him. He was implying that love was a commitment and sacrifice. Ephesians 5:21-33 came to mind and he opened his Bible and read the passage to the group.
An uneasy silence ensued with everybody glancing uncomfortably at one another. The leader intervened and asked if he was a legalist, one of those types that takes the Bible as a literal guide, followed without question. Shocking himself – he had not made as bold of a statement about his faith before. He said, “I believe that the Bible is our guide in all matters and should be followed”.
Comments from others came pouring forth. “This is the age of enlightenment…” “My husband doesn’t deserve to be head of the house…” “That doesn’t apply today...” “Jesus had a name for people like you – Pharisee…” “Doctrine is divisive and creates conflict!”
Chad felt a strange feeling of strength and assurance. He stood and when all was quiet and all heads were turned toward him, he exhorted them to read 2 John 1:9-10, “those who do not teach Christ do not have God, but those who teach Christ, have both the Father and the Son”. “So how can this be called legalism”?
Not knowing what to say, all were quiet. The leader was grinding his teeth harder. After a long silence, the leader said “Maybe you ought to find another group!”.
Shocked, Chad got up and walked out feeling that the human moral compass had gone completely berserk! Lacking the fear of God, the rise of the importance of self has resulted in non-thinking and the peeling away of personal responsibility. Nearly every hour of the day commercialism fuels hearts with lust, jealousy, and wanton desire. Satisfied people don’t buy.
Deep in his heart, Chad was profoundly saddened. That night he prayed mightily for all souls.
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