Ban the ‘D’ Word – Two Phony ‘Facts’
Key Bible Verse: The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22
Bonus Reading: Ephesians 5:31-33
- “Everyone is sleeping around.” – Despite what you hear in popular music and on TV sitcoms, research reveals a high degree of fidelity.
A study by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center showed that 83 percent of Americans slept with only one person or else none in the course of a year. That leaves just 17 percent who were promiscuous.
- “The annual American divorce rate is one out of two.” – This, pollster Louis Harris writes, “is one of the most specious pieces of statistical nonsense ever perpetuated.”
Think about it. On the block where you live, is every second home breaking up?
Out of the roughly 55 million current U.S. marriages, a tragic 1.2 million will end in divorce this year. But the other 53.8 million marriages, Harris notes, “just keep flowing along like Ol’ Man River.”
The one-in-two superstition arose by comparing 1.2 million divorces in a year with 2.4 million weddings in a year. But the couples getting divorced aren’t the same couples who just got married; the two numbers have no direct link. So Generation X shouldn’t be afraid of getting married! You can make a go of it—especially if you put God at the center of your relationship.
—Dean Merrill in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church
My Response: I’ll ask God to preserve the marriages of families in my community.
Adapted from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church (Zondervan, 1997)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, make my marriage a faithful illustration of Your eternal love for the church.