South Asian Connection

Relationship And Marriage


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    Since this is the season for Valentine’s Day, I have been thinking about the state of the institution of marriage in our nation and pondering why there are so many divorces. Several decades ago the divorce rate hovered around 10%. Now it is almost at 60%! Even the Body of Christ is not exempt from the staggering amount of marital failures! I truly believe there are several unique challenges married couples now face that previous generation did not. The following are some of the many reasons for these increasing challenges to marriage today.

    Before the Wedding Bells

    With nearly half of all new marriages in the West ending in divorce, more couples are careful before entering into it. They want to make sure it is the right decision, and they want to do everything they can within their capacity hoping to increase their chances of marital success. Before the Wedding Bells is a resource intended for singles who are pursuing a relationship or for engaged couples counting down to the big day in their life. This is designed to assist individuals and couples to develop a deeper understanding of marriage and in developing skills to navigate their way through marriage successfully.

    Porn Stats

    Men Admitting To Accessing Pornography At Work - 20%. U.S. Adults Who Regularly Visit Internet Pornography Websites - 40 Million. Promise Keeper Men Who Viewed Pornography In Last Week - 53%. Christians Who Said Pornography Is A Major Problem In The Home - 47%. Adults Admitting To Internet Sexual Addiction - 10%. Breakdown Of Male/Female Visitors To Pornography Sites Is 72% Male & 28% Female. Internet Pornography Sales - $4.9 Billion. Pornographic Websites - 4.2 Million (12% Of Total Websites). Pornographic Pages - 420 Million. Daily Pornographic Search Engine Requests - 68 Million (25% Of Total Search Engine Requests). Daily Pornographic E-Mails - 2.5 Billion (8% Of Total Emails).
    Internet Users Who View Porn - 42.7%

    Men and Porn

    At the core of consuming porn is selfishness. I will get my fix. No one will know. It is my secret. It is what I do in private. My dad did it. Everyone does it and I am going to as well. Porn is a fantasy designed to do one thing - keep you completely to yourself. It is a lie. Porn tries to tell you what sex should feel like and look like. Porn will destroy the relationships around you. You will pull away from reality because of this dirty little secret. As you consume porn, it becomes your life and you will eventually lose control to addiction. Stop now. Be done with it all. Change today because there are much greater things than porn to give your time, money and energy to.

    Why Won't/Don't Pastor's Post?

    So maybe pastors aren't sharing their life out in the open because they are afraid of the consequences. Let's face it- all we have in ministry is our integrity. Once that is gone, it's gone. Most likely, if you're caught viewing porn or are caught in your addiction, you're toast at your job. This is what we face. Transparent living is crazy scary, but it's the life we have been called to lead. This issue is so "in our faces" that we can't ignore it anymore, no matter how it affects us personally. And it will affect us personally. It's all personal. When you uncover something that was buried for years, it hurts. When it's a loved one, it hurts.
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