The Importance Of Common Faith In The Home (Part 2)
By bro Lee Tian Seng
Not having a common faith hinders a couple from being united in their religion and often leads to conflict in marriage. We mentioned in Part 1 of this article that a Christian partner can be hindered in his or her worship and prayers to God, and his or her Bible study. There are other hindrances. You should consider marrying a Christian so that:
Your effort to teach God’s Word will not be hindered
Jesus has commanded Christians to preach the Gospel to others.
Mark 16:15 - And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The early Christians were doing this even when they were scattered due to persecution.
Acts 8:4 - Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
When both husband and wife are Christians, they will be able teach someone the Gospel together, just like the couple Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18:26. They can use their house for this purpose. If one is not a Christian, he or she may object if you invite others to your home to study, and he or she may resent the time you spend in teaching. The unbelieving partner may even be opposed to what you teach.
Your desire to obey the Bible on the teaching about marriage will not be hindered.
God teaches us the principles of a good marriage in the Bible. We should desire to learn these principles and apply them to our marriages. For example, the Bible teaches that husbands should love and provide for their wives.
Ephesians 5:25 - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
If your partner is not a Christian, it will be difficult for you to expect him or her to obey the teachings of the Bible. He or she may also hinder you from obeying the teachings.
Your desire to live morally right may be hindered
The Word of God is a guide to Christians to live morally and godly before God.
Psalms 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
If both husband and wife are Christians, they can encourage each other to obey the teachings of God on morality. If one partner is not a Christian, there will be conflict in making good choices. The non-Christian may not see any wrong to drink or gamble, or may be involved in dishonest business.
These are some things that will surely happen in one way or another when you have a non-Christian as your spouse.