July 25, 2007

Marriage Rate and Divorce Rate in America

July 25, 2007

America has the highest marriage and divorce rate in the world.
Divorce rate: 4.95 per 1000 people
Marriage rate: 9.8 per 1000 people per year

What does this tell us? If anything, it shows how hard-core we are with our individualism and self-idolatry.

According to Nationmaster.com many Americans live alone —the United States leads the world in one-person households.

Americans have an extreme individuality complex. Freedom has translated into, among other things, “freedom from one another.” The way in which Americans live out the course of their lives in such an individualized manner is beyond anything this earth has ever seen. Family, marriage, honor, respect, and even friendship have become meaningless. Generally, society has always seen the individual in accord with the family, the relationship, the clan, the tribe, or the people group throughout all of history up until today. America has literally birthed a new lifestyle that puts the “life” into things, rather than relationships. This leads to an incredibly boring and lifeless society where everyone lives in fear and distrust of one-another. Sound like your neighborhood? Not knowing the person who lives 10 feet from you next door has for the most part been unheard of for the last four or five thousand years of civilization. It is still unheard of today in most parts of the world. The only reason that it isn’t despairing is because of Americans’ new “relationships” with their cars, or TVs, or dogs, or pigs, or ipods, or gardens, or what have you. You know what I’m talking about: some will go so far as to name their belongings.

And we think we’re the “enlightened” ones.

It really shouldn’t be much of a wonder, then, why marriage is so fleeting and the divorce rate so high. The idolatry and worship of self is also the freedom from others. That is why marriage has degraded into a mere “partnership” which says, “Let us live in the same house, but be free from each other.”

And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. John 17:11

But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:24

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman… 1 Corinthians 11:11

so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5

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