Our society's view of marriage is abbreviated at best. Disturbing metaphors such as short-term or whimsical are used to describe modern-day unions. Consider these lyrics from a popular song, “…It’s a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do. Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you.”1
It’s no wonder that “current estimates suggest that 40-50 percent of recent marriages will end in separation, prior to the death of either spouse.”2 And sure, one might argue that surveys show that couples go into marriage thinking it will last a lifetime.3 But the reality is that few are willing to devote a lifetime to making their marriages last. When two people choose to spend their lives together, it should be unconditional. No take backs.
Our passion is to expose a fleeting truth – Marriage is resolute! We are determined to embody the commitments we made in our vows. In doing so, our hope is to inspire and build legacies of rock-solid marriages. God's commitment to us is not circumstantial; neither should ours be toward our spouses.
So the next time you attend a wedding or reflect on your own vows, allow those powerful words to echo as loud as the proverbial wedding bells themselves: ...for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor and cherish...#tilDeath.
1“Marry You” by Bruno Mars 2The State of Our Unions 2011 edited by W. Bradford Wilcox. The National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values 3Marriage Expectations: Young People Expect Marriages to Last, Study Says by Katharine Lotze. The Huffington Post