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The Wrong Examples

Katharine Hepburn, for years, has baffled me with her insatiable love and zeal for life, not to mention her successful, lifelong acting career. Though I esteem her talents and admire her on screen, I do not look up to other parts of her life’s doctrine. Namely, her views on love and marriage.

A fiercely independent female, Hepburn’s most noteworthy and repeated quotes are quips about the foolishness and petulance of men, and the utter uselessness and futility of marriage. “Marriage is a series of desperate arguments people feel passionately about,” she said in 1975. By word and by example, she proved that marriage wasn’t one of the things she respected and esteemed in life.

We may shake our heads at this, but don’t we take example from today’s Hollywood stars? How many of us put the relationships in Tinseltown on a pedestal, oogling over the drama that drips from supermarket tabloids? How many of us know more about what’s going on in the stars’ marriages than what’s going on in our own?

The Bible explicitly tells us not to mimic the example of the lost. Our true example should be Christ and His dedication to His church. Our earthly examples should be those who are doing marriage right. Who are you watching?

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