Purpose and Marriage
After reading the entire essay, which was akin to having a frontal lobotomy, I still had enough wits about me to realize that Warren hadn't mentioned children as a purpose of marriage.
Writing in the bad old days when Christians read their bibles instead of apocalyptic fiction and looked to the scriptures for life's purpose, Martin Luther had this to say about marriage:
The purpose of marriage is not to have pleasure and to be idle but to procreate and bring up children, to support a household. Those who have no love for children are swine, stocks, and logs unworthy of being called men or women; for they despise the blessings of God, the Creator and Author of marriage.
Heck, forget Luther, consider the Word of the Lord in Malachi 2:15, where we read, "Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because He was seeking godly offspring."
Scripture says that children are a blessing (Ps. 127:3-5) from God, and that as parents we must train (Eph. 6:4), correct (Prov. 29:15), and instruct them (Deut. 6:1-9) in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Several years ago, the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life reported that 88% of the children of Southern Baptist parents leave church at 18 and never return. Perhaps part of the problem is that Southern Baptist pastors write about marriage without even mentioning children.