In less than two months North Carolina voters will decide whether or not a definition of marriage is written into the state constitution that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. If you or your church would like more information about the marriage amendment you can visit blog.ncbaptist.org/clpa.
I do pray for this amendment to pass, but it will take more than pastors and church members saying “I support this amendment.”
The success or failure of this vote will be determined by the number of people who actually take the time to drive to the polls and cast their vote as a North Carolina citizen. I beg you to exercise your right and responsibility to vote.
However, I do not believe that passing this amendment will solve the problem of broken, hurting marriages and families. This is tremendously important, but there is more to do.
Many marriages and families in this country are in desperate need of healing. A recent article in The New York Times reported that more than half of births to American women under age 30 are outside the union of marriage. In 2010, a study from the Pew Research Center reported that 39 percent of Americans believed marriage is becoming obsolete.
As marriages are strengthened, so are families. In order for that to happen, the local church must step up and lead the way. We must teach about God’s design for marriage and family, and we must model Christ-centered marriages.
We must be willing to come alongside those who are struggling in their marriage and help them experience the grace and power that comes through Jesus Christ.
God created marriage between a man and woman. According to Ephesians 5:31-32, a Christ-centered marriage can serve as an earthly picture, or representation, of the unity and love that exists between God and His church – between those who know Him as Savior and Lord. A Christian marriage helps point us back to the love of our heavenly Father.
Since God created marriage we know that marriage is good and is intended for our good and His glory. Therefore we must cherish marriage and seek to honor God in our marriage.
Accomplishing this is not easy, as it requires commitment and intentionality. If we do not make marriage and family a priority, these relationships will fall to the wayside before we know it.
I want to point you to an excellent resource to help strengthen your family.
Eddie Thompson, our Convention staff member who serves in marriage and family ministry, leads various marriage conferences and parenting conferences.
During these conferences Eddie will help you understand God’s design for marriage and for the family, and how you can get back on track in these areas of your life.
In a few months he is also leading a pastor/spouse retreat. More information about these events is available at ncbaptist.org/family.
Your marriage and your family are worth your time and investment. You can leave a legacy of faithfulness and love for God that will impact generations to come.
It’s time to plead for the Holy Spirit to work in our marriages and it’s time to obey Him so that Christ-controlled relationships in our home bring much honor and glory to our God.
“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…..But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15