Pew Research has released an interesting and telling survey on marriage and parenting. Here’s what the major newspapers are gleaning from their report:
Cohabitation, unwed motherhood soaring in younger generation, USA Today — Younger adults tend to worry less about the stigma attached to having a child or living together without being married
To Be Happy In Marriage, Baby Carriage Not Required, Washington Post — Children rank as the highest source of personal fulfillment for their parents but have dropped to one of the least-cited factors in a successful marriage, according to a national survey to be released today.
It doesn’t take a long look at this report to recognize that the culture is increasingly dividing what God intended to occur together–marriage and childbearing. With a culture that continues to abandon its Judeo-Christian moral heritage, it should come as no surprise that the shame of bearing children out of wedlock is declining.
Here’s the bottom line: sex without marriage, marriage without babies, and babies without sex all fall short of God’s intention. More importantly, they all shatter the picture of one flesh union between Christ and the Church that God is seeking to convey through the marriage bond. Therefore, marriage and childbearing are not just sociological concepts to be tediously studied but gospel issues to be faithfully lived out.