Thursday, 30 May 2013

Your Spouse is Not the Enemy

I take great pride in being pitifully uninformed.  Not only could I not name one current program on television, I do not get a newspaper and stay as far away from the evening news as I can.  I subscribe to two magazines, one of which is Golf Magazine, little good that has done me.  The other publication gives me bi-monthly highlights of national and international events from a Christian perspective; it is enough to make my blood boil (as the old expression goes).  Man’s inhumanity and injustice to man is beyond intolerable.

What does my remaining ignorant of current affairs have to do with marriage?  I didn’t say that I don’t read books, particularly on marriage, counseling and theology.  As uninformed as I am, this much I know, we have an enemy and he/she is not the one sleeping next to me in bed.  The enemy has much to do with what is wrong in the world, of more concern is that the enemy has much to do with what is wrong with our marriages.

If God is for marriage, Satan is against it.  Since marriage is one of God’s primary avenues for passing on His values and His truths to the next generation, you can be sure Satan wants to bring down marriages as part of a larger effort to destroy families.

For it is in the family that values are passed down, faith explained and lived out, love demonstrated and God’s love modeled.  Many couples I see come from families where Christian values were not taught or modeled.  One of the best gifts parents could ever give their children is to exhibit Christlike values in the home.  TV depicts most fathers as morons; unfaithfulness as the norm; and gives new definition to dysfunctional families – at least so I’m told.

What would happen if children actually saw Christian values lived out and experienced God’s love from a mother and father who were openly affectionate with one another?  How great would it be to see a father and mother have a disagreement in front of the children where the children could witness firsthand how Godly parents pray first and then discuss their diverse perspectives calmly and arrive at a conclusion that glorifies God and takes into account the perspective of each parent.  How great it would be for the father to not be emotionally absent from his children (or his wife) and take a particular interest in their development.

The family is in a war, whether they realize it or not, and we are too busy fighting with one another to turn our hostility toward the enemy and throw him out of our houses.  I’m glad I got that off my chest.


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