God intended the act of procreation and the bringing forth of children to take place within marriage. Indeed, marriage was designed by God, for the good of children, providing a secure and stable environment, with concern for their emotional well-being.
Included in the features of such a marriage there should be an exclusive, lifelong commitment between the father and the mother. In a Christian marriage children should see something of the grace of God in their parents.
Sadly, in these days, things go wrong, and it is a sorry statistic that within the United Kingdom around 50% of children are born out of wedlock. Too often we hear of absent fathers, or children being nurtured within the context of a single parent. By the time they are 15, 50% of children will not be living with both of their birth parents.
God's ideal is under attack, as within the wider society there is a weakening of the resolve to uphold marriage as God intended it. The God-ward dimension concerning marriage has largely disappeared from society.
It seems to be evident that even within the heterosexual population there is a decline in marriage, and there also seems to be a growing acceptance of homosexual practice amongst the population at large. God's word confirms to us that marriage is between a man and a woman. Any other interpretation breaks God's law, His commandments, is disobedient and will ultimately lead to God's judgement.
What then can we as Christians do? Let us be certain to uphold our marriages. Let us remain confident in the Bible, and not ashamed of it. We must work and pray for the conversion of souls. For only then will there be a turning back to the things of God.