One enemy against the moral fiber of United States social construct is DIVORCE! Divorce for most is like a punch in the gut that some never completely recover from, carrying emotional wounds for years after the ink has dried on court documents. When children are involved in divorce, we have allowed ourselves to buy into the LIE that nothing has to change for the child and things will continue as normal in parenting only “mommy and daddy won’t be together”. This is a lame attempt for people to justify themselves, or perhaps not send the child into an immediate panic before the process completes. The truth is that divorce, unless the marriage was merely a business contract, rattles the existence of everyone connected to it; in-laws, friends, children in the marriage, nieces and nephews and siblings.
Divorce has gradually become as mindless an action as filing bankruptcy in America! And like bankruptcy, there is damage to repair in order to rebuild credibility and emotional soundness (for those who were emotionally invested). In Christian churches the divorce rate is shameful at best when described. Fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce in America; depending on which brand of Christian you are determines if you’re less likely than the general populous and your group (i.e. Catholic, Protestant, Apostolic, etc.) dictates the percentage of the difference. Nevertheless, divorce remains a plague and an uppercut that leaves shell-shocked divorcees dazed and out of focus from becoming their most productive selves. In the church there is an added factor; when a committed believer suffers divorce it not only becomes an emotional wound to bear but also a challenge to the believer’s testimony for JESUS CHRIST.
If more people were warned beforehand of the scars brought on by divorce during the prelude and counselling period to marriage, more people perhaps would think twice before marrying and/or before divorce seeking alternatives through marital support services.
There is so much going on in our world. As the Church of JESUS CHRIST, believers can’t afford more of the casualties nor the time wasted in divorce. Facing things to come such as a move toward a one world government opening the path for the emergence of the Anti-Christ and a period of Great Tribulation on Earth, there is no more critical time for born again Christians to allow CHRIST to shine through their relationships than now. Christians must show that a living God is not only able to keep them while being single but also champion the testimony that the same God can influence marriage through the faith of married believers.
As our nation is challenged more and more by moral depravity eventually we must face the fact that broken people produce broken environments; brokenness most times, more than not, has its origin from the family (broken homes). In these times Christian believers must make every effort to fight for their own fort. Christian pastors must watch over Christian marriages with intent to ward off threats. Friends of Christian married couples who themselves are Christians must be a support to encourage adhesion between those married.
Though divorce is not the unforgivable sin, it is a distracting stain on our testimony for CHRIST that is not lightly regarded by those that a divorced witness of JESUS must bear witness.
John Q. Divorcee