'til Death Do Us Part Essay

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“’Til Death Do Us Part” Although many couples continue to honor their wedding vows, the future of the sanctity of marriage is uncertain as people and culture continue to evolve, because men and women are not properly counseled before marriage, divorce is too convenient and the traditional view of marriage has become distorted in the eyes of many. Many people continue to ask the question, “What is the meaning of marriage?” This question is most often raised regarding gay marriage with the intention of asking if marriage is defined as only between a man and woman, but I feel that there is a bigger question that is not being asked. The real question should be, “What is the meaning of the commitment of marriage?” When I stand in line waiting to check out at the grocery store, magazine covers are littered with headlines, such as this person is separating, this person was caught cheating and so forth. I don’t think that I have ever read a headline celebrating a couple staying together or reaching a milestone anniversary. This is not only the case in the “celebrity” world but also in the “real” world. The Barna Research Group states that “Among adults who have been married, the study discovered that one-third (33%) have experienced at least one divorce. That means that among all Americans 18 years of age or older, whether they have been married or not, 25% have gone through a marital split.” (New Marriage and Divorce Statistics Released) Cheating, separation, and divorce are the norm in most families and mine is not the exception. When I was ten, my father filed for divorce from my mother, because he had been having an affair for a number of years. My aunt has been divorced twice; once because her husband was abusing her, and the other time because she had an affair with the music pastor at my church. My uncle has been divorced twice as well; the first time

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