Recently wrote a short essay for my brother who was curious as to why Christians have an urgency to marry. This arose after a discussion within my family where I asserted that Christians should either seek a marital spouse or stay celibate. Contemporary views of dating without an urgency to marry is not one of the options provided in Scripture, explicitly or implicitly (yes, this also means that prolonged discussions about marriage whilst in the midst of exclusive dating relationships and prolonged engagements are excuses Christians make for not committing to the urgency of marital union or complete celibacy!)
Read for yourselves my exposition of 1 Corinthians 7 (“The Beautiful Gifts”)! It is meant to be a preface to the Ephesians 5 essay (“The Great Gospel”) I wrote more than 1/2 yr ago. Definitely geared towards challenging Christians who think dating without an urgency to marry is O.K., or even non-Christians who have strong views against early Christian marriages (like my family and Cadence’s family). Frankly, I’m very tired of the cultural arguments against early marriages and I would rather marry early than to burn with passion, since I’m pretty sure I’m not receiving the gift of celibacy.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!