In what must be close to a record, singer Britney Spears went from single to married to single again in forty eight hours. She married a high school sweetheart at a Las Vegas wedding chapel very early on a Saturday morning, only to file for an annulment less than twenty-four hours later. The bride wore a baseball cap and torn jeans and was escorted down the aisle by her limo driver. No one can truly know their motivations, but it was described as a joke that went too far. What does this say about modern society's view of marriage? Getting married is no joke. The vows made between a man and a woman are no joke. No sacred institution should be treated with such dishonor. Marriage is joyful, but it is no joke.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.