Who's to blame?

Ryan T. Anderson argues heterosexuals are:

"It was heterosexuals in the ’60s and ’70s who began to live as if marriage should last only as long as the romantic feelings last, replacing “as long as we both shall live” with “as long as we both shall love.” If what makes a marriage is merely consenting adult romance, then there is no reason why marriage has to be permanent or limited to two persons, much less sexually exclusive."

"As a result, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, extramarital sex, non-marital childbearing, pornography, and the hook-up culture became normalized, and each contributed to the breakdown of the marriage culture...The redefinition [of marriage is], rather, the logical conclusion of these problems. The problem is that these conclusions follow a train of logic that begins from utterly false premises."

Unfortunately, within the context of marriage Christians have not been innocent of these sins. Moreso, sometimes we may find ourselves unrepentant of these sins. As Christians, we know that Scripture teaches that marriage should be a reflection of the selfless, transcendent love has been showed toward us.

"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."
- Ephesians 5:25-28

Although we will continually face temptation, we ought not to acquiesce in the struggle against our sinful desires. We fight temptation just as St. Paul did, all the while resting the comfort of Christ's unending mercy.

"For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin."
- Romans 7:22-25

Culture Comic

Commentary on Christianity and culture from Adam4d. First panel to the right (click the link for the whole strip).

Should we as Christians expect the culture to look favorably on the theology of the Cross and those who hold it dear? Christ says we should most certainly not:

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me." - Matthew 24:9

Where does this leave us? St. Paul explains:

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Though we may suffer in this life, we are given hope by our Savior as He continues in the 24th chapter of Matthew:

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." - Matthew 24:30-31

 

The Demographics of Exile

 

Good article from Peter Leithart that touches on themes related to Dr. Scaer's presentation on contraception at the conference this fall. Excerpt below:

"When Israel was deported to Babylonian exile, it would have been natural for Israelites to reason that they ought to limit the size of their families and wait for a return to the land...Jeremiah's instructions were the opposite. In a letter to exiles (Jeremiah 29), he told them to “build houses and live; plant gardens, and eat their produce. Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do no decrease” (vv. 5-6). Like Israel in Egypt, Israel in Babylon is to be “fruitful and increase greatly and multiply, and become exceedingly mighty, so that the land is filled with them” (Exodus 1:7)."