CHINA - Marriage Rate Plummets

Arno Froese

At a downtown market in Shanghai, people are hustling to sell their goods. But at this market shaded by trees lining the pathways of People’s Park, their goods are their grown children.

“Born in 1985, studied in the U.K., she’s short, has a Shanghai residence permit, owns her own apartment,” says Mrs. Wang, reading aloud the sign she’s taped to an umbrella advertising her unmarried daughter. It’s one of hundreds of umbrellas lined up along the park’s walkways with similar signs.

Mrs. Wang, who refuses to give her full name to protect her daughter’s identity, has come to Shanghai’s “marriage market” each weekend for the past three months to try and find a suitable husband for her daughter.

“She doesn’t agree with what I’m doing,” says Wang, “but she respects her parents’ wishes. Young people these days don’t care about marriage. They don’t pay enough attention to our traditional values. Their views are becoming more Western.”

Wang blames her 33-year-old daughter’s single status on the seven years she spent in the U.K., where Wang says her daughter “became more independent.” But there are other reasons—apart from Western influence—why China’s marriage rate has plummeted by nearly 30 percent in the past five years.

-www.npr.org, 31 July 2018

Arno's commentary

This is the spirit of “freedom,” although in the wrong direction. Today’s society—not only in communist China, but the world over—experiences more freedom than ever before in recorded history. This type of freedom contributes greatly to the welfare of the people, their disposable income, and overall prosperity. Yet, from a spiritual perspective, it is the greatest danger. Already some 600 years before Christ, we see this tendency with Sodom: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy” (Ezekiel 16:49). Note, plenty of food and plenty of spare time. That is the most fertile soil to grow self-confidence and self-esteem, instead of humility and humbleness.

There is another issue involved, as we can read in 1 Timothy 4:1: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” We read in verse 3: “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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