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September 21, 2012

Fewer Marriages, More Happiness?


She thinks giving up on marriage is good for us. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

According to a recent Pew Research poll, marriage rates in the United States are at a record low. Not only that, but we’re marrying later and having fewer children than any prior generation. And according to Belinda Luscombe at TIME Magazine, that’s a good thing:

“Today,” she writes, “people no longer feel the pressure to marry that their forebears felt. They can choose what makes them happier...” without having to get married because it’s what’s expected or because it’s financially necessary.

People getting married on the basis of happiness, she says, means fewer divorces. Right?

Wrong. As I pointed out in my recent video series on sexual brokenness, the idea that sex and marriage are all about personal fulfillment is at the root of our divorce rate, sexual addictions and even the demand for abortion.

The “whatever makes you happy” model of marriage or life misses how God designed both marriage and us. You can find my video series by visiting us at, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Why a Little Less Marriage Might Be a Good Thing
Belinda Luscombe | TIME | December 14, 2011

Why Americans Aren't Having Babies, and How It Hurts Us
Gabrielle Karol | LearnVest | August 03, 2012

When Sex Got A Divorce
John Stonestreet | Two-Minute Warning | July 12, 2012

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