Changing Times

Consider this scenario:

June starts up a conversation with the neighbor four doors down. 

June: I’m June, your neighbor. I’ve been meaning to say hi.

Thirty something lady: Oh, hi. We love this area. My boyfriend and I just closed on the house last month. We love living here.

June: (her boyfriend? Hmm.) So, did you buy the house together?

Lady: yes. We lived in an apartment for two years then decided it would be more economical to purchase a home.

June: Are you two—er, uh, getting married anytime soon.

Lady: Not for a while. We want to make sure we’re ready for the commitment before we do. Besides, I’m expecting, and we don’t really have the money right now with the house expenses and all.

I realize I was born in the dark ages. When I was young back in the fifties, if two people were sleeping together, they’d never admit it—much less live together. I’ve run into similar situations time after time in these last years. These days, it’s a common occurrence among couples, with or without children, to live together. 

I’ve got one question. Here’s what Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” Has God changed His mind about people living together? No one is ashamed to admit it and a lot of people do it.

Matthew 24:35 says “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Hmm. I don’t think God’s changed His mind.

I’m just saying… moving from an era when living together wasn’t accepted to a time when it’s the norm is quite a contrast. I don’t mean to sound sanctimonious as Jesus has forgiven me so much. I merely shake my head at the contrast. 

2 thoughts on “Changing Times”

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    Everything has been turned on it’s head. Evil is good and good is evil. But God has His standards! They don’t change.
    We can have compassion but still hold to God’s standards. He gave us those rules for our own good. Look what has become of the breakdown of the family.
    I am 71 so have seen it change. My mother said that she had more in common with me than with my sister who is a year younger. She was born in 1950. Things started to really change when we were in our teens in the 60’s. There is a world of difference in our outlook. Out of the four of us children, I am the only Christian.

    1. Paula, I do appreciate your response. I am also in your generation so we understand how things have changed. Today it is absolutely normal for two people to move in together. Hopefully, young Christian couples aren’t doing it, but I really don’t know. Don’t feel bad. I was the only Christian in my family as well, not counting my two daughters who both are.

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