|Vol. 2, No. 6||Page 16||June 2000|
What’s It Called?
Have you heard about the Bible class teacher who was asking her young students if they knew what it was called when a man is married to several wives at the same time? “Polygamy,” the class responded. The teacher, impressed by their answer, then asked what it was called when a man was married to two wives at the same time. “Bigamy,” the class responded. The teacher, now even more impressed, decided to ask one more question. “What is it called when a man is married to one wife?” After a long period of silence, a little boy, sounding very sure of himself said, “Monotony!”
Marriage was intended by God, not to be monotonous, but
to be monogamous. Today, infidelity abounds in our society. Broken vows,
broken promises, broken marriages and broken hearts litter our courts.
Don’t become a statistic. Find joy in the Lord’s plan for the home. His
way really is best (Matthew 19:1-9).
I remember having a fourth grade Social Studies teacher that would constantly threaten us that if we didn’t do whatever it was she was wanting us to do, it would go on our “permanent record.”
That “permanent record” line might sound a little silly to me today, but it sure did work on a group of fourth graders! We had images of not getting into college, not getting a job or our lives being ruined because of our fourth grade Social Studies “permanent record.”
Well, as ridiculous as that may sound to me today, there
is a “permanent record” that is being kept. And, someday this record will
make all the difference in the world as to whether my life has been meaningful
or a waste. God keeps this record, and he writes this record down in the
Book of life. Is your name in that book? Read Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 2
Corinthians 5:10-11 and Revelation 20:12-15.