I continue to work through Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
In chapter two I find myself agreeing and disagreeing again…
He makes a powerful statement like this
Will we approach marriage from a God centered-view or a man-centered view? In a man-centered view, we will maintain our marriage as long as our earthly comforts, desires, and expectations are met. In a God-centered view, we preserve our marriage because it brings glory to God and points a sinful world to a reconciling Creator.
You know what… I can dig that. I agree. In fact the heart of this chapter he communicates understanding a God-centered view in order to endure hardships.
However my struggle (and this looks like it will be throughout the entire book so GET READY) is that I believe he overstates his issue. Honestly it sounds as if he is really reacting to the claim that so many people fall in and out of love, rather than try to reflect a God like love and stay committed.
The problem is that most people, especially when hardships occur don’t have proper tools to work on things. At the time it seems easier to give up than fight. However I think just because you can walk away doesn’t mean you have to choose to. For the Christian one’s relationship with God should be reflected in marriage.
Your spouse should be a reflection of your heart. Your love should be communicated clearly that your spouse can tell the story of just how much you care…