Today’s world is a far cry from what it used to be, even ten years ago. With all the modern conveniences and inventions, we are engaged in a race that we cannot stop. Society is caught up in an endless circle some call the “rat race.” People buy everything they see to make life easier and then have to work day in and day out to pay for it. One commentator says we’ve got a bear by the tail and cannot let loose. For instance, the auto has made travel much easier and faster, but at the same time, it has caused a huge pollution problem.
In this concluding article on the marriage vows, we want to emphasize the commitment part of these lifelong vows, A vow is a solemn promise, a commitment that binds us as partners to be faithful to our marriage in every detail. “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore shouldest God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?” (Ecclesiastes 5:4-6).
Here are the marriage vows for a bride: “Will you in the presence of God and these witnesses, take _____ to be your wedded husband, will you love and cherish him, in health and in sickness, in prosperity and adversity, share with him the joys and sorrows of life, exercise patience, kindness, and forbearance toward him, and live with him in peace as becometh a faithful Christian wife and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him as long as you both shall live.”
Vows—do they mean anything today? Most of you who are married have made vows something like the following: