Marry a Christian

The Light
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Brother Gus Nichols observed in the book The Home: "The Bible calls Eve the help meet for Adam (Gen. 2). In fact, both the husband and wife should help each other to live right and go to heaven at last. While preaching in a meeting at Port Arthur, Texas, a young  preacher, brother Frank D. Young, spent a few days attending the meeting, and asked me what I thought of his en­gagement to our oldest daughter, Gracie, with whom he had been in college. He told me he did not have any money, and was badly in debt for funds borrowed to go to school on.

"I told him it made no difference to me about his lack of wealth-that they could pay the debt, and that being a preacher's wife ought to enhance her chances of going to heaven, and that I was interested most of all in her final salvation. I still feel that way about the matter. We do not need to be hindered. We are weak enough when associated in the home with Christian companions. We need the prayers and encourage­ment of our companions. We do not need any more weights laid upon us in running the Christian race."

Olivia Langdon was a believer who married Mark Twain, an unbe­liever. She thought that her sweet spirit and devout faith would soon win her husband. In the first few months of their marriage they had thanks before each meal and read a chapter in the Bible every day. Such was soon stopped, as Twain com­plained about the formality of it. They also ceased going to worship at the little chapel.

Olivia gave up some of her reli­gious convictions, having her faith in the providence and promises of God shaken through her husband's philos­ophy. When she came to face the dark valley of the shadow of death, and knowing that her life was short, Twain said to her, "Livy, if it com­forts you to lean on a Christian faith, do so." She answered. "I can't Youth (that is what she called him), I have­n't any." The thought that he  had destroyed his wife's faith, though he considered such faith an illusion, was a terrible trial for Mark Twain in his latter years.

If we happen to be the cause of our companion ultimately being lost, picture the penetrating, damning suffering we will experience at the judgment. Conversely, suppose we marry outside of Christ, and the pow­erful influence of that unbelieving mate causes us to be lost. Brother Nichols was right, "We do not need any more weights laid upon us in running the Christian race." What does light have in common with darkness? Should a child of God court a child of the devil? Paul's advice, even for the old and experi­enced Christian was; "Marry only in the Lord" (1 Cor. 7:39).