Celebrating Our Partnership -- By: Emily Walther
PP 5:4 (Fall 1991) p. 12
Celebrating Our Partnership
Emily and George Walther are the founders and co-presidents of Christian Marriage Enhancement, Inc., and are recipients of the 1991 Priscilla and Aquila Award.
Why are people choosing marriage today? What are people’s primary goals in marriage? Until recently, some of the reasons why people chose marriage have included social pressure, status, sex, convenience, a women’s need to have economic support and social security, to be able to have children. After all, it hasn’t been that long since marriages were arranged by parents, even in our own country.
Today, according to numerous surveys, people are getting married primarily in order to have a relationship of loving, close companionship—a level of intimacy that is possible only in marriage. Best friends!
Yet if s no secret that marriage can be in trouble today. More than one out of every two marriages ends in divorce. Whenever a marriage fails and ends in divorce, the couple failed to achieve their primary goal for the marriage. In most cases, which goal is that? The desire to have loving, intimate companionship. What that is not there, the disappointment and disillusionment are so great that the marriage literally falls apart.
In this article we’re going to look to the Bible for what really is God’s plan for marriage. Then, we’ll consider some biblical keys to partnership and discuss decision-making in our partnership.
God’s Purposes For Marriage
Christian marriage is a calling—not a convenience. It’s a divine calling. It’s the most significant relationship possible between a woman and a man, and it was ordained by God Himself in the Garden of Eden.
First, Christian marriage is made between two persons made in the living image of God. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and all forms of matter and life. The climax was God’s creation of a woman and a man. In Genesis 1:26-28, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…In the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” God created both woman and man in His own image and likeness—not a physical likeness since God is spirit—but with abilities and capacities like His: the ability to feel, to enjoy, to decide, to choose, to communicate at a very high level. But perhaps the greatest way God equipped us to be like Him is in His giving us His own capacity for love: the ability to care deeply for, to love another human being.
Second, God made us equal partners in leadership over the earth.
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