U.S. marriage rates have been declining since the 1970s and are now at a historic low. Birth rates are also reduced, hitting a record low in 2020.

After dismissing God from the idea of marriage and making it a mere social contract we are left with looking to one another for meaning in life which we couldn’t possibly give to one another. So we’ve hollowed it out by removing God, the meaning of life, and then enter into it expecting to find the meaning of our lives.

In short we think too little of marriage and expect too much.

If love does not come from God it is merely an evolutionary tool to help the species survive. But we are called to do more than survive. We are called to live. We are called to have two people, a man and a woman, to become one flesh. This is the greatest journey but it must be always directed toward God or else it is an aimless trip in constant mutiny.