July 29, 2011
Yesterday, Lesley warned us about the pressure on us to conform to the world. She continues...
One of the issues about which Satan will try to squeeze us, is marriage. Our culture has a take on marriage which is that two independent people come together, for sexual satisfaction and companionship. There is a legal framework for holding property in common and bearing children and inheriting. There is an agreed process about sharing possessions and going on holidays, who does what at home, etc. But essentially the husband and wife remain 2 independent people who can make their own decisions about a whole range of issues.
Independent decisions may revolve around separate bank accounts, career choices, childcare choices, even down to you do your own washing and ironing and I’ll do mine. It is like two cars travelling along the road, side-by-side, quite close, hold hands out the window, garaged in a double-car garage at night, common passengers called children who may swap happily from car to car. But they are two cars, able in their married life, to head off in two separate directions if the desire takes them, without recourse to the other.
And Paul says don’t let the world squeeze you into that mold. But instead, be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Let your minds be conditioned by the word of God, as counter-revolutionary and non-conformist, and unpopular as it is!