In spite of the widespread acceptance of divorce, a recent poll of never-married singles, ages 20-30 found that 87% planned to marry only once. Many of these young adults have seen their parents divorce and that is not what they want for themselves. However, most of them have had no training on how to have a life-long marriage. I believe that one of the best things churches can do for the next generation is to teach relationship skills to young adults before they get married. Romantic love alone is not enough. They must learn how to express love, how to resolve conflicts, how to share hurts in a non-condemning way, and how to apologize when they fail. Who is better equipped to teach these skills than the Christian church?
October 10, 2013