On being for or against the Christian vow:
I’ve said it many times just like we’ve been taught many times…that ideally, Christian marriages are supposed to be the best model of marriage out there.
But then again, the thing with Christian marriages is the temptation to take each other for granted because of the vow we make to God to never leave. At the back of our minds, we know that as long as the issue does not have to do with infidelity, we are not allowed to leave the marriage. So, we take advantage of that and stop being very loving and caring in so many ways…in so many little things that rather end up meaning so much that they can shake the very foundation of the union.
We endure so much abuses and neglect in our Christian marriages because we just can’t stand up and leave. The vow has bound us to all the silly, stupid, irresponsible actions and attitudes of our partners…and wickedly, many people before marriage hide that hellish aspect of their miserable lives until after the vow, then they set sail and begin showing their horrible character. We end up therefore on the most part just enduring our marriages instead of enjoying it.
On the one hand, the vow keeps things sane because without it, everybody will just walk out at the slightest wrong, discomfort or unmet needs; leaving the family unit irreparably broken. On the other hand, it’s just a mess…enduring all the unthinkable until God Himself comes back to save your sorry ass.
Possibly, this situation stems from a wrong understanding of the vow, but sadly, that’s the practice of the vow in most Christian marriages. If only they would but tell you the glamour you see on the outside (even in Church) is only a cover up for a slowly decaying marriage, will you even believe it?
(PS: if you want to exercise the slightest thought of me being against Christian marriages, stop right there and go back to sleep 😜).
©Mark Gadogbe (McApple), 2018
4 thoughts on “The Christian Marriage Vow”
Hmmm word! But the vows must be said whether they would be broken in the future or not. At least saying it leaves some iota of morality and obligation
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Very true! Thanks for sharing your thoughts bro. We pray though that God’s grace keeps every marriage intact. God bless 🙏
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The marriage vows also include the words “to love and to honor”. Thus, an exclusive emphasis on not being able to leave the marriage is a rather limited perspective. Spouses need to actively put forth the effort to love the other, and, yes, that does require working to overcome or at least decrease one’s own sorry ass character flaws. Marriage is about mutual giving and not about getting as much as you can from your spouse without giving back.
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I love that…marriage is about mutual giving!
God bless for always sharing your kind thoughts. Really appreciated 👍.
God bless 🙏