In today's world it can be easy to think that marriage has become an outdated ritual, especially given that very few even take it seriously anymore. With the lack of biblical marriages and the ease of divorce in our country it is just as easy to get out of a marriage as it is to get into one. Celebrities don't help this problem either. I bet you can name at least 2 celebrities that got married and then got divorced in less than a year, some even less than 6 months. Here are a few that I came up with:
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' famous 72 day marriage.
Sinead O'Connor, 18 days.
Ali Landry and Mario Lopez, 2 weeks.
Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander only lasted 55 hours.
What is happening? Marriage used to be one of the most stable things in our world. People got married young and stayed married until they died. I'm sure there are reasons why this has happened, some of which include arranged marriages, cultures that did not allow divorce, and fear of social rejection. But now divorce is commonplace. I would be willing to bet that in the very near future people will have no hope of celebrating a 50th anniversary, or even a 30th.
What are we teaching the generations to come about love and marriage? Are we teaching them that love perseveres about all odds? Or are we teaching them that when things get tough it is best to just give up? Do we stick it out when things are not fun, even when choosing to love someone seems impossible? Or are we teaching them that you can easily fall out of love with someone and there is nothing you can do about it?
Some people are harder to love than others, but should that stop us? Remember that each of us is hard to love for someone, but don't you want them to love you anyway, even when you don't deserve it or when it is hard?
Our world is making a mockery of marriage, I think it is time for those that follow Christ to reclaim marriage for what it was meant to be, and stop perpetrating this ungodly practice.