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.


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