Edit: please read my follow-up to this post, “Upon further review…“
I recently listened to a lecture by Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, entitled “The Mystery of Marriage”. I thought it was fantastic and worth sharing, so given as I wasn’t able to find a link to send you to so you could hear it yourself, I paid WordPress a little bit more money to allow me to post audio straight to my blog. (I hope you all appreciate this. 😉 )
That said, before you listen to the lecture, I should throw out a caveat:
Dr. Mohler speaks towards the end on the topic of marrying young. Now, in my opinion marrying young is fine and in many to most cases preferable to “waiting until we’re older”. For one thing, in 1st Corinthians 7:2 Paul notes that marriage is the best ward against sexual immorality; while the world might tell you that waiting until you’re 28 to marry is a great idea, this is all the more time for you to stumble and fall. This idea that the culture says “put off marriage as long as possible” interests me (probably because that’s the advice I’ve heard all my life from practically everyone I’ve interacted with until this past year or so, when I actually started evaluating the subject for myself), and as time goes by I will probably speak more on this topic, but I digress for now.
Anyway, that said, marrying young is not vital. It’s not a moral obligation or imperative, nor are you sinning if you aren’t hitched well before you leave your early twenties. My concern, however, is that in this presentation Dr. Mohler does come across a bit legalistic on this subject. That is, I feel he tends towards making an imperative where none exists. It could be just me, and I still agree with him that early marriage is good for precisely the reasons he gives, but if any of my readers are coming up on their mid-twenties (or even older) and have yet to find a mate – don’t despair or think you have somehow failed. God provides everything in His time.
Anyway, aside from thinking there may be a bit too heavy an emphasis on the benefits of marrying young, I think Dr. Mohler does a fantastic job here, and I really hope you all take advantage of my higher blog-bill and listen to the presentation!
You can download the lecture as an MP3 by right-clicking here (no worries, no copyright infringement): The Mystery of Marriage w/ Dr. Albert Mohler
Note: total time for this presentation is approximately 80 minutes.