When Foolish Advice is Called Wisdom

“When an older, wiser man offers you love advice, take it. Especially if that older, wiser man is Bill Murray.” Huffington Post, when did  Bill Murray become an expert on marriage?

“If you have someone that you think is The One, don’t just sort of think in your ordinary mind, ‘Okay, let’s pick a date. Let’s plan this and make a party and get married.’ Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.” Bill Murray

This may have the sound of romance and the making for a blockbuster movie plot where everyone lives happily ever after. But this ‘sage’ advice has no consideration for the glory of God. There is reason being exercised, but the start and end of marriage is off target.

Marriage is not something that one does if romance prevails. Marriage is something you commit to and devote yourself to before you know what comes next. The world hails advice like Murray’s as the epitome of romance, but is there any greater romance story than one who devotes himself to another before any knowledge of “better or worse”, “richer or poorer”, before any memories are made in “good times or bad”.

What’s more romantic? getting married after a lab-test of difficulties or staying married through real-life hardships? I argue the latter.

BuildingHey, why not do something against the norm of our culture and look to Holy Scripture for lasting advice on marriage from the one who thought of marriage in the first place. Here’s a great book I just finished reading on Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her…” (NASB) Go devote yourself to what that looks like, then get married.

Consider this wisdom… Building a Godly Home

Husbands Love Your Wives book discussion.


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