Om te trou. Of nie.

Twee aparte stukke wat ek hierdie laaste week gelees het, het my net weer herinner hoe belangrik is dit om alles te hoor wat God op ‘n onderwerp te sê het. Ek vind myself vinnig om een ding te gryp en daarmee te hardloop asof dit die laaste woord oor die onderwerp is, net om weer te besef dat Sy wysheid soveel meer omvattend is as ‘n kort lys van moets en moenies…

Die eerste van die twee was John Piper se voorwoord tot Redeeming Singleness en die ander die artikel The Case for Early Marriage. Beide is van baie waarde…

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2 Responses to Om te trou. Of nie.

  1. aj gatley says:

    Baie waar. As n single is dit vir my n moeilike pil om te sluk, maar in geloof stoei ek om te vertrou dat God se plan goed en reg is.

    Sien uit om my hande op die Redeeming Singleness boek tekry sodat ek saam met ander gelowiges hierdie onderwerp beter kan verstaan en met vryheid en vrede kan anpak.

  2. Ek is bang dat almal nie die berig lees VIR die huwelik nie… Dis rerig die tipe goed wat ons moet hoor in ‘n wereld waar die huwelik verdraai is. Hier is sommer so bietjie van ‘n opsomming:

    Much about evangelical marital ethics is at bottom therapeutic: since we are pro-family, we are sure that a happy marriage is a central source of human contentment, and that romantic love is the key gauge of its health. While our marriage covenants are strengthened by romance, the latter has no particular loyalty to the former.

    Our personal feelings may lead us out of a marriage as quickly as they lead us into one. As a result, many of us think about marriage much like those outside the church—as a capstone that completes the life of the autonomous self. We claim to be better promise keepers, but our vision of what marriage means is not all that unique.

    Americans have become well acquainted with the cultural notion that getting the right fit in a marital partner is extremely important. Chemistry is the new watchword as we meld marriage with science. Should opposites attract? Or should we look for common interests?
    There is no right answer to such questions, because successful marriages are less about the right personalities than about the right practices, like persistent communication and conflict resolution, along with the ability to handle the cyclical nature of so much about marriage, and a bedrock commitment to its sacred unity. Indeed, marriage research confirms that couples who view their marriages as sacred covenants are far better off than those who don’t.

    In sum, Christians need to get real about marriage: it’s a covenant helpmate thing that suffers from too much idealism and too little realism.Weddings may be beautiful, BUT MARRIAGES BECOME BEAUTIFUL. Personal storytelling and testimonies can work wonders here, since so much about life is learned behavior.

    The importance of Christian marriage as a symbol of God’s covenantal faithfulness to his people—and a witness to the future union of Christ and his bride—will only grow in significance as the wider Western culture diminishes both the meaning and actual practice of marriage. Marriage itself will become a witness to the gospel.

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