I love being married. As stressful as it can be sometimes, the good definitely outweighs the bad, and the longer I’m married to my Handsome, the more I feel blessed to call him my husband. God uses this precious relationship called marriage as as an example of what our relationship with Him should look like (see Ephesians 5:25). But the value of marriage today has become diluted. Seriously watered-down. The concepts of commitment and honor and integrity don’t seem to matter as much. Social media hasn’t helped. And Christians aren’t immune. We need to do everything we can to protect our marriages. Off-line and online.
One of the toughest situations I hear from women I’ve counseled over the years has been trouble in or the demise of their marriages, and often it’s over social media, particularly those couples in their early twenties. I remember being so devastated as a teenager when my boyfriend at the time broke up with me over the phone. Now it’s not that unusual for a boyfriend, or fiancé, or husband to throw away a marriage in a FB status. It’s shocking, but it’s happening. In fact, a recent article reported that more than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word “Facebook” and more than 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys have seen a rise in the number of cases using the word “social networking.”