“What is our salvation actually for?”

That's the question at the center of For the Life of the World: Letters to Exiles, a seven-part film series that we introduced last week with Episode 1: Exile. This week, we're excited to share Episode 2: The Economy of Love.

In a world where the concept of family is under siege, we need to understand the definition of marriage, but we also need to understand its purpose—especially as it relates to the common good and the flourishing of society.

When a man and a woman say "I do" at the altar, not only are they saying "yes" to one another, they are also saying "yes" to the world. Family is the institution wherein we learn our true nature as gift-gifters. The first and foundational step toward a flourishing society, therefore, is pro-creative, generational investment in outward-focused families—families that cultivate long-sighted character of trust, hope, initiative, and love. Such investment in the family is an investment in a moral, virtuous society.
 


To watch the full episode, click here. Enter "TGC2" today or tomorrow for a free 72-hour rental. 

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Produced by the Acton InstituteFor the Life of the World seeks to examine the bigger picture of Christianity's role in culture, society, and the world. Each Monday—from July 7 to August 18—we will highlight one episode and share an exclusive code for a free 72-hour rental of the full episode. (Note: You have to redeem the code today or tomorrow, but once you do, the rental is free for 72 hours.) To purchase the full DVD collection with a study guide for a $10 discount, visit Hearts & Minds

Bethany L. Jenkins is the director of The Gospel Coalitions’s Every Square Inch and the founder of The Park Forum. She previously worked on Wall Street and on Capitol Hill. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where she was a Gotham Fellow through the Center for Faith & Work. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Bethany Jenkins


Bethany L. Jenkins is the director of The Gospel Coalitions’s Every Square Inch and the founder of The Park Forum. She previously worked on Wall Street and on Capitol Hill. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and attends Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where she was a Gotham Fellow through the Center for Faith & Work. You can follow her on Twitter.

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