Married At First Sight?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The other day, I watched the first episode of FYI's newest show, "Married at First Sight." The premise is simple, but complicated: six people are matched together in couples to be married, only to meet for the first time on their wedding day. Frightening, confusing, scary, yet somehow intriguing? You bet.

It was neat to watch at first. I found it interesting that people decided to put their love lives into the hands of multiple experts to match them up. However, as the episode went on, it became apparent that this was a weighty decision they were making.

And...SPOILER (highlight to read): One girl is initially unattracted to the man she's about to marry and doesn't say "I Do" immediately.

It got me thinking about how people meet the loves of their lives in real life.

The show's participants said that they had been single anywhere from 9 months to 2 years. That's not a very long time, and you can meet anyone in that timeframe, regardless of if they're a future significant other or not. Hey, within a year of starting my sophomore year of college, I met some of my best friends in the whole wide world.

Also, they willingly entered this show and put themselves forward to be interviewed by multiple experts in order to conduct what they called a "radical social experiment". They were screened and questioned two ways to Sunday in order to make their matches and put together people they thought would function well as a married couple.

But here's the thing: they're all human, and human relationships take time. Let me explain.

How long did it take you to really get to know someone? Your best friend? Your SO? Your spouse? It likely took you at least a while to figure out their most basic and their deepest quirks. Not to mention meeting their family, learning what they like and dislike, and really seeing if they have your best interests at heart. This can possibly take months or even years.

Also, people can matchmake anytime. Matchmaking is its own industry in and of itself, and it can fail to put two people together as much as it can succeed. It's the same principle with "Married at First Sight": it may be a solid system, but that doesn't mean it's infallible.

You know Who's infallible? God.

God brings people in and out of our lives, and it's all for His good and glory. He can put two people together who are meant to be together, just because He knows their hearts and He created them in His image. So, based on that, would you rather put your life into the hands of five experts in sociological and psychological fields who are humans just like you who don't really know you? Or would you rather put your life into the Hands of an almighty God who truly loves, knows, and cares about you?

I choose the latter.

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