Christian Young People Need To Think Seriously Before They Rush Into Marriage

A lot of Christian young people are so motivated to be married that they never really consider the other alternative: celibacy. But celibacy is a legitimate choice for a Christian young person. After all, our primary goal in life as Christians is not to seek romantic love with a member of the opposite sex, but to obey and follow God, wherever His will is for us:

 I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided. (I Corinthians 7:32-34a NIV)

What Paul is saying here is that marriage makes the Christian life more complicated. A Christian who is not married is relatively free from concern. He does not have to worry about familial responsibilites, therefore he can volunteer for direct ministry more freely. But a married man has a responsibility to his family, and is therefore required to be concerned about the affairs of this world, that is, money, housing, careers, etc, because all of these things are important in order for him to nurture his family and please his wife. Thus, in a sense, his interests are divided.

Now, Paul is not saying that it is a sin to be married. Indeed, it is God’s will for many to marry in order that they would produce Godly offspring (Malachi 2:15). But a man’s primary goal should not be to please his wife, it should be to please God. All Christian young people need to prayerfully consider what life God is calling them to before they automatically choose marriage. They must be sure that their decision is based on more than just hormones. Are you getting married in order to serve God, or to escape from serving God?

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