I Do

Sacredness of marriage should be coveted, respected by society

I Do

Marriage, since the beginning of human history, has always been the law of the land.

Woman was created out of the likes of man — man and woman were bonded to complement one another.

Marriage — a union between a man and woman — is one of the purest symbols of love, grace, kindness and commitment we can experience.

A wedding day is a joyful celebration of two lives coming together — it is a public declaration of the commitment to love and care for one another until the day the other dies.

In the U.S. right now, fewer Americans are getting married than ever before.

If marriage is so beautiful, then why the sudden interest in ditching it completely?

Looking at the current marriage statistics in the United States — including a disheartening 50 percent divorce rate — it is easy to see a downward trend.

Americans should not settle for the idea that marriage is useless or outdated.

Marriage is faithfulness.

Agreeing to spending the rest of your life with someone is binding. As a society, the idea has been instilled in us the idea that marriage is just like a normal relationship — you go for it, but if it doesn’t work out as planned, you can easily move on.

We have to shift our view.

Marriage is sacrifice.

Life is hard, and in marriage, people are called to love the opposite person more than himself or herself. Marriage is not an easy walk in the park — it is daily commitment to the other. Part of the beauty of marriage is the joy and love found in trusting someone else so completely.

Marriage is freeing.

Cynics claim marriage ties young adults down to a life of boredom, stress and monotony — with the main concern being your work and your children — but this could not be further from the truth.

Marriage is going through life with a best friend, a closest friend — someone who knows you better than anyone and everyone, someone who wouldn’t trade you for the world.

Marriage is holy.

It was originally created as a covenant between man, woman and God. Not only were you making a commitment to your partner, but you were committing to God that you would love your spouse unconditionally — we were literally created to have one lasting partner for the rest of our lives, no matter if we live to be 25 or 85.

I’ve grown up around broken families — relatives having multiple divorces, cousins fleeing from abusive marriages. I have seen the horrible effects of divorce, and they are absolutely heartbreaking.

Despite this, we as a society absolutely cannot give up on marriage. No matter the topic at hand, there is always evil.

Just as I’ve grown up around broken marriages, I’ve grown up around some of the purest forms of love in a marriage.

You cannot replace the giddiness, the happiness on wedding days as a couple begins their journey together.

You cannot replace the joy on a mother’s face when she and her husband celebrate the birth of their child.

You cannot replace the tenderness of a husband holding his wife or vice-versa.

A couple does not need a formal, written document to proclaim their love for one another, of course. But marriage is so much more than a fragile document.

I understand marriage doesn’t work out — I know how much divorce rules society.

But, this is not a flaw in marriage’s design — it is a flaw in society’s view of it.

I challenge you to relook at how you view marriage — not as a confining, bland check mark off a list, something that may or may not work out — but as a love you would fight for, something worth the rest of your life.

You cannot tell me we aren’t designed for marriage.

We were created for this type of intimacy —  if we weren’t, why does everyone try so hard to find love?