Sermons On Marriage

Written by Serena Berger
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Sermons on marriage might be said to be fighting an uphill battle in contemporary times. While one never knows how seriously to take statistics tossed about by a sensationalist media, it seems to be conventionally stated now among many newspapers, news programs, and magazines that about 50% of marriages are ending in divorce. A quick survey of the Internet found a number of sites that all support the 40-50% figure.

There are a number of religious groups, however, who boast that the divorce rate among their believers is significantly lower. There are many Christian faiths in which divorce is still considered unacceptable except in cases of abuse, adultery, or other extreme wrongdoing. Clearly for a person of deep religious conviction, if marriage is by definition forever, then the expectation and willingness to work to make a marriage work is likely to be higher than for people who entered their marriage thinking, "If I don't like it, I can get a divorce."

Approaches to Sermons on Marriage

Sermons on marriage can take a very dogmatic approach in some cases, but may also take the form of more gentle advice. In a Christian denomination where divorce is not considered wrong, still it may certainly be considered a last resort, and people may be reminded that last resorts don't get invoked when someone squeezes the toothpaste from the middle. While no one really gets divorced because of something as trivial as toothpaste, we all fall into misidentifying the issues that trouble our relationships, and sometimes incompatible toothpaste styles can seem almost, if not outright, intolerable.

Hebrews 13:4 reads, "Marriage should be honored by all." Even outside any religious framework, this seems like an admirable sentiment. There are certainly a number of scripture passages concerning marriage which could be the foundation for sermons on marriage, yet in the interest of avoiding the controversial topics such as the Biblical lack of regard for women's rights in marriage, it may in fact be best to talk about marriage from an idealistic and practical point of view that incorporates a modern perspective with Christian values and good common sense.


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