This article showed up in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago about how the rate of cohabitation among Americans has leveled off during the past decade. The writer was pursuing his theme from an economic view but at the same time turned up another revealing insight.
The author, Neil Shah, wrote this: “Another possibility is that cohabitation has become so common and socially accepted that it’s following the same pattern as marriage — with Americans who lack economic resources or wish to avoid commitments shying away from cohabitation the same way they might stay away from marriage.”
Isn’t that why cohabitation drew the interest it did over the years–there was a lack of commitment for both parties compared to being married? Now the speculation is that cohabitation may require too much commitment from the man and woman.
It’s all very interesting to see what happens when we move farther and farther away from what our Lord tells us are the joys of a committed relationship between a man and a woman. If you want to read more about it, I invite you to open your Bibles to Ephesians 5 as a wonderful starting spot. Within those words, we learn what God intended for couples who are first of all committed to Him and then committed to one another.
It’s the best relationship for men and women. So says our Lord.