I know I live in a society gone crazy with greed when I stumble across a news video about the plight of an 80-year-old billionaire divorcing his wife of 59 years. Reportedly, the couple married when Mr. Macklowe was 21 and working in a magazine advertising department. His new bride, Linda, was just 20 years old and worked too. They married before the concept of prenuptial agreements was popular and before either one of them was actually wealthy. Sources report Mr. Macklowe's worth is between 1 and billion dollars, with an art collection estimated to be worth 1 billion dollars. The couple is fighting over the proper division of assets, primarily on the wife's behalf as she alleges the art collection designated for her was only worth half a billion dollars.
Wow! First of all, I cannot imagine anyone needing a half billion dollar art collection adorning their home when the world is in such critical chaos. Millions of people are desperate for the basic essentials of life: clean water, food, and housing. Just a few pieces from this art collection could provide life and a future for thousands, if not millions of people. The thought of this art collection reminded me of The Schindler's List movie clip where Mr. Schindler has the realization that 1 person could have been saved if he had not kept his gold lapel pin, or perhaps 10 people might have lived if he had forgone the car. There are times when I ponder what do I own that might be a better asset in the hands of another? Could I liquidate a personal pleasure to save a life? If I was sitting on a half-billion dollar art collection, there would be no doubt as to the answer to these questions.
What struck me the most about this very public divorce was the absurdity of two competent senior citizens arguing like toddlers over how to divide 1 billion dollars in assets, because apparently obtaining only half a billion dollars was not enough.
Can you imagine? I guess this just goes to prove several things:
Without God in your life:
Without God in your marriage:
This divorce demonstrates the world has to nothing offer marriage. Today any two adults can get married. Yet many marriages are destined for destruction because God is not in the middle of their marriage. Marriage was God's design and without Him holding onto the man and woman to unite them, it won't be truly successful.
Marriage was created to make a person stronger than he/she could be alone. It's a place where you partner to help accomplish your dreams and make the world better place for everyone. It was supposed to be a safe haven where children could be raised in a loving home. But sadly today, it is on "The Most Endangered List."
I'm not sure what exactly it will take before people embrace the power of a godly marriage and return to it's creator for the original design and instructions. But obviously, the worldly definition of marriage is resulting only in increased selfishness, destruction, and greed.
What do you think? Does the idea and application of marriage need a serious revision in today's society? If so, how?
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