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Marriage is a human relationship in which there is no comparison! Marriage is hard or difficult because it is a union between two broken and inherently selfish people. However, both human beings have “until death do they part” to work on their wrinkles, idiosyncrasies and rough spots. In former days, many people –  non-Christian and Christian – alike found out about the realities of marriage yet they stayed together; they continued to honor their sacred vows. Many of these couples stayed together for the benefit of others.  “Others” included children and grandchildren and “others” also included those who looked on from near and far.  Many of these couples weathered the storms because they realized that the virtues of love and patience must be nurtured.  These couples did not easily throw in the towel when the going got tough. With the demise of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humprhies’ marriage after a whopping 72 days and the demise of Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s marriage after 14 months simply makes a mockery of marriage.  In the words of Marvin Gaye’s famous song, ‘what is going on?’ The unwillingness for these couples to stick with marriage perhaps reveals that young couples have not been trained how to endure hardships and/or maybe it exposes our country’s lack of respect for this enduring and long-established institution?  Maybe the disposability of marriage is connected to the radical individualism of our day?

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