Though restoring substance to marriage will entail many legal, political, economic, and cultural tasks, it will require above all two things: (1) restoring substance to the marital home economy; (2) reinvigorating religion as a basis for marital and family life.
Berry clarifies what will be required to restore marriage to a healthy home economy when he writes about how “a household economy… [should involve] the work of both wife and husband [and]…[give] them a measure of economic independence and self-protection, a measure of self-employment, a measure of freedom, as well as a common ground and a common satisfaction. Such a household economy may employ the disciplines and skills of housewifery, of carpentry and other trades of building and maintenance, of gardening and other branches of subsistence agriculture, and even of woodlot management and woodcutting. It may also involve a ‘cottage industry’ of some kind.”
The renewing of religion, on the other hand, will require deeper and more challenging changes. However, the prophet Isaiah holds out the promise that “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles.”. Eagles, it should be recalled, mate — male and female — for life.
Bryce Christensen teaches composition and literature at Southern Utah University. This article has been abridged and republished with permission fromThe Family in America and from the author. For references, please consult the original article.