I can feel his pain because if Marriage Disappears, where does that leave all the young men who would be kings?
This is what Dr. Mohler says, responding to that article:
“Christians, of course, will have much to add to this picture. We know that marriage, though central to human society, was not given to humanity for purely sociological reasons. Marriage was given to mankind by our Creator, who gifted us with this covenantal institution for our health, our happiness, and for human flourishing. Beyond this, believers know that marriage is given to us for our holiness, as well.
Thus, for reasons that include all that we can learn from this report, and for many more that we know from the Scriptures and Christian wisdom, Christians know that the marginalization of marriage can only lead to unhappiness, unhealthiness, and the unraveling of human relationships.”
Now, we all know that Dr. Mohler is the kephale of the male headship theology that he loves so much. I believe he is truly worried about this. He is probably worried about all men who hope to become king of their homes someday.
I’m not sure what Dr. Mohler means by “marriage is given to us for our holiness,” but on the surface , it sounds like it is something that men need in order to be holy before God – by having a wife who submits to him. Sounds a little Mormon to me. I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way and I hope someone explains what he did mean by that.
He says that the marginalization of marriage will lead to unhappiness, unhealthiness, and the unraveling of human relationships. My rebuttal to that is that some marriages are already the epitome of unhappiness, unhealthiness and have unraveled relationships.
For the record, I am for marriage. My husband Don and I have been married for 49 years, and we as a couple have been in existence almost as long as Dr. Mohler has. (he was born in 1959).
I recommend marriage, but I do not recommend the kind of marriage Dr. Mohler has in mind. I recommend a marriage of equality. He recommends a marriage of submission.