So it seems marriages dropped to a record low in 2009, And CBS news is citing the numbers as an effect of the recession. But the US Census shows marriages have been declining since 1998, with divorces increasing at the same time as well, while sources also note quite an obvious rise in the number of blatantly homosexual and promiscuous individuals. Is it just coincedence that teens are having sex at an earlier age than ever before and that more and more children are products of broken homes? It really has nothing to do with the recession.
The truth is, the institution of marriage itself is crumbling due society’s generally declining lack of conscience and responsibility.
To get to the heart of the matter, one needs to consider the source of this not so much binding contract. So where did the institution itself actually begin? With religion. The Bible states that God created marriage as a way to reduce chaos in relationships. One man per one woman. And when people strayed from the new rules, He destroyed them. Promiscuity and Homosexuality were strictly forbidden for a reason – in short, that we as a people need rules and order to exist harmoniously.
Allow me, then, to make the correlation here between the decline of marriage and the decline of religion in families. Back in the days only so far back as the “western” era, families were praying before every meal, reading the Bible at night, and attending church services as a community on Sundays. Marriages stayed intact because people felt an obligation to keep the family together, and because they respected their spouse and did not want to bring shame upon their household. In days as recent as our parents’ and grandparents’ era, their families had survived wars and the Great Depression. Women wore poodle skirts instead of mini skirts, and even politicians praised their God for family and country. People married, and those marriages mostly stayed intact because they felt a responsibility to maintain decency and valued family as the core of society.
In the new century, with the rise of Atheism as a recognized sect, an increase in the availability of pornography, and the decline of modesty in general, society’s lack of morals in regard to sexuality have brought with it plagues such as STDs, and rules such as abstaining until marriage, or even being faithful to your spouse, have gone by the wayside. After all, as almost anyone will admit, sexuality is one of the most important factors in any marriage. If one views a spouse as just another sexual partner along the way, what then is the meaning of marriage?
At this point in the history of society, marriage is moot and the Marriage Certificate is simply a piece of paper to be torn up whenever one is bored. When sex and rules are no longer sacred, the institution of marriage naturally crumbles. Not finances, nor the stock market, nor loss of jobs or any struggle will sway the truly committed and faithful couple from being or staying married.