Megan extols the truth about marriage.

Marriage should not end in divorce, only in death.

Once I say those vows I will consider my word given and a covenant made. It's not something I can get out of. My husband and I will have to deal with the consequences of our promise for the rest of our lives and it won't be something we can go back on. Honestly, I don't want to marry someone because I'm in love with him. Sure, I want to be in love with the person I marry, but more than that I hope that I will desire to commit the rest of my life to him as a supporter and partner as we seek to love God and love others. A man that doesn't inspire that sort of commitment from me, doesn't deserve it. And, I guess this might sound arrogant, but isn't that the way it should be for everybody?

The only detail I can take issue with is her assertion that marriage is "for eternity". That's not true; the standard vow is "till death do us part", and there's still a heck of a lot of eternity left after we die. I don't think we have the power to make committments to each other beyond the point of death. No matter what you believe, you will probably grant that a lot must change when you cross that threshold.

If you're interested, I've written a lot more about marriage. Here's a post that describes my view of marriage, and here's another in which I dismantle the view that marriages should last only "as long as we both shall love".



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