Marriage: Optional - Disposable - Re-definable?
Before 1970, it was called "living in sin" or "shacking up" and was illegal in every state of the union. Today only seven states have laws making unmarried cohabitation illegal, although they rarely enforce it. Cohabitation has sky rocketed since 1990:
U.S. Unmarried - Partner Households:
· 2000 - 5.5 million - 11 million people
· 1990 - 2.8 million - 5.6 million people
-America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 -Step Family Association of America
Reasons Couples Cohabitate Include:
Is Culture Speaking Louder Than the Church?
The church needs to be aware of this growing trend and respond accordingly! Non-Christians are not the only people cohabiting. Many pastors no longer preach against cohabitation for fear of offending someone, and as a result, people may hear only signals of silence from the Church, and signals of "GO" from culture! The Church needs to teach biblical and ethical reasons and benefits of waiting till marriage to live with a partner.
Living Together - Myths, Risks & Answers - Mike & Harriet McManus