I believe that marriage was created by God with a transcendent value; I believe it's much bigger than two people. I believe God's reputation is at stake with every married couple. I believe God wanted man and woman together to reflect who he is in his character, his love, his forgiveness. There is no other human relationship on this planet that has been divinely commissioned with such responsibility and privileges.

So why do people hold back from viewing marriage as a transcendent institution?I think we equate love with a feeling. We don't see love for what it is--a commitment. Love is "in spite of." No marriage or family will be any stronger than the covenant that formed it. That's why two people promising to remain with one another for a lifetime is so important. That's what the culture doesn't understand--marriage was not created by man, it was created by God.