Hollywood Marriages – Until Tomorrow Do Us Part

Many of us have watched the Jolie, Pitt, Aniston tug of war in Hollywood. Years ago, such things would have shocked us. Today, it meets with cynicism. Unfortunately, what has been normal in Hollywood for decades is now normal for us. It looks like Hollywood is the tail wagging the dog. Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston have been in a tug of war over Brad Pitt, and our culture is having one over marriage.

We are trying to re-define marriage, and that’s the problem. Marriage used to mean one man marries one woman, under God, for a lifetime. It was not something easily entered into, and equally hard to get out of. You discovered what your life priorities were before you married, but once you got married, the marriage was the priority. Everything else was secondary. You adapted to, not ran from, the changes that would inevitably happen in your marriage over time. One common form of traditional marriage vows goes something like this:

To have and to hold, to forsake all others, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; until death do us part. What God has joined together, let no man bring apart.

The traditional, time honored ideas of marriage have been thrown out the window, and we find ourselves scratching our heads wondering why marriages today aren’t lasting. Starting in California in September 1969, http://www.harrisfamilylaw.com/the-history-of-no-fault-divorce the “no fault” divorce opened the floodgates to divorcing for “irreconcilable differences”, which quickly spread to almost every other state. I wonder if Hollywood had anything to do with the start of the no fault divorce? Now, marriage is no longer between one man and one woman. Same sex marriage is happening, and in some places people want to marry children, or have many spouses, or even “marry” their farm animals. The marriage vow of today goes something like this:

To have and to hold anyone, anything, anytime I want, for better or even better, for rich or richer, in healthy times only, if you get sick, I will have them pull the plug and then I will collect the insurance money. I will honor this contract as long as it’s convenient. Who is God and what does He have to do with marriage?

Is has been said that “fools rush in”. What about “rushing out”?

Jeff has always had a passion and curiosity about what makes the universe tick, as well as what makes people tick. It was no surprise then that he grew up with a love for science, computers, and technology,…  View profile

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