Writing about sex and singleness isn’t always comfortable, but with the climate in today’s church and culture, it’s absolutely necessary. Recently organizations like Church Leaders and Gospel Coalition have put out some amazing resources to address these issues from a biblical perspective, but there’s a root question I’ve yet to see addressed: why do Christians – men and women alike – idolize marriage?
I’m not going to address men in this post because my blog isn’t geared to a male audience (though if you’re a guy, you’re welcome to stick around). So why do Christian girls idolize marriage, and what are the consequences of doing so? As someone who has been there and back again, here are a few truths to consider.
No Other Gods Before Me
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex. 20:2)
The first of the Ten Commandments sets an order of allegiance between men and God. We read it and perhaps picture the Israelites bowing down to Baal and Asherah, patting ourselves on the back for checking one commandment off the list. When was the last time any of us set up a wooden idol in our dining room? There are no high places to be cleansed; no Asherah poles to break down and burn.
But this commandment has less to do with idols than it does with the nature of human hearts.