What Are We to Think of Bristol and Levi Now?

In an exclusive announcement in this week’s issue of Us magazine, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston told the world, and their parents, that they intend to marry after all.

According to Us, the two reconnected three months ago while working out a custody plan for their 18-month-old son, Tripp. After a talk and a walk, Bristol felt things were different. “When he left that night, we didn’t hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again' … I was in shock.”

Because of Bristol’s passion for abstinence before marriage, the two are living separately and hoping to marry soon, possibly within the next month, says Caroline Schaefer, Us Weekly’s executive editor, to TODAY’s Matt Lauer Wednesday morning.

Sarah Palin, who has been very vocal regarding Levi’s Playgirl expose’ and his negative remarks about her, released this statement: “Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what’s best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.” Just last week, Johnston formally apologized to the former Vice-Presidential candidate, declaring many of his previous accusations to be untrue.

The secular media have made outrageous remarks about this announcement: some calling it a publicity stunt for Palin’s run for President in 2012; others saying it’s the forerunner to a reality show; and still others suggesting Bristol is pregnant again, despite her two PSA’s for The Candie’s Foundation which works to prevent teen pregnancy.

Journalists double as commentators these days, but sadly, many comments are fueled by a desire to see ratings rise. A few respectable broadcasters and columnists have responded appropriately, simply wishing the reunited couple well. These few wisely chose not to pursue unnecessary and fruitless analysis of this event.

What we think about this reunion holds no value. Only God’s opinion matters. It is good in God’s eyes for a man and woman who share a child to marry. Marriage is His design for the family. Forgiveness is His plan. Regardless of their broken road journey, this young couple should be lauded for moving forward with their lives in a positive and God-honoring way.

“But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, ‘and they shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:6-9).

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