Such an article would include a clearer picture of what marriage looks like: making decisions about career, where to live, how to spend money, how to raise children, etc.
All of this is compounded when you and your spouse are living for different things.
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives, but if her husband dies she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. So biblically the bottom line for the follower of Christ is: Will you marry only a believer.
John Piper is founder and teacher of desiring and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
As I stepped in, I saw a beautiful young woman, whom I had never seen before, sitting on a couch. An ordinary night instantly transformed into “the rest of my life.” That was our beginning, seventeen years ago. In her histories (1 Samuel 12:8; 2 Kings ), in her poetry (Psalm 81:4–10), and in her prophecies (Daniel ; Amos 3:1) God retells the story of creating a nation for himself. Because remembering our past helps us make it through our present while we anticipate our future (Hebrews –26).
Couples who are just entering that beginning stage are a sight to behold. Even the most grounded men and women can be brought to a giddy, distracted mess.