This month, two couples in our church are celebrating their 50th anniversary: Gary and Carol Worster and Gerry & Lorraine Reese. This is worth a celebration, and many congratulations, not simply because they could stay together for that long: they are all wonderfully likeable people. They are to be congratulated because they have kept their vows to one another for five decades, which is longer than some people live. They are to be congratulated because they stand out against a tide of marriages that end in divorce.
Marriage is the backbone of the Home. If a couple can keep vows they made and can love through tough times, they can form a good home. Children get a sense of security and learn to keep their vows as well, whether to their future spouse, employee, neighbors, or nation. A strong marriage will make a strong Home.
Strong homes, in turn, produce a strong nation. Historically, when the Home is strong, a nation is strong as well. When a society lives in immorality, crime and anarchy follow. Marriage, then, is foundational, not just for individual happiness, but for our society as a whole. Proverbs 14:34 says “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
It is for this reason that the Worsters and Reeses are shining examples for all that is good in our society. They are to be congratulated for their commitment to one another and to their God. They are in a sense guardians of what has made America so successful.
Because of all these things, it is important to consider that any nation, including ours, has a vested interest in upholding marriage, as a matter of advancing a flourishing society. May we seek God’s face in deciding how best to do that.