Rather than viewing marriage as a gift from God, it’s getting a bad rap in our culture. People talk about it like it’s the worst possible decision a couple could make. When I told my boss I had gotten engaged, I was 20 years old at the time. Instead of congratulating me, she expressed grave concern for my future and started crying—crying. Even the pastor who married us threw up his hands and said, “Good luck.”
Sure, early marriage is hard. Couples often start off poor, having to piece together jobs to make ends meet, many times around college schedules. Communication skills may not be up to par, making conflict resolution hit or miss. And couples must withstand the criticism of others, Christians included, who mock their decision to marry young: they’re crazy; it’s a jail sentence; it’ll never last!
But if two people are committed to loving Jesus and loving each other, what’s there to frown upon? Let’s find something to celebrate as we consider 10 reasons getting married young isn’t the worst idea.
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