Thursday, August 30, 2007

I tell you, reading this sad article reminded me of the tremendous treasure the Lord has given me in Elizabeth. Read this sad article on two pastors divorcing in Tampa, Florida.

They blame the divorce by saying that their lives are just going in two different directions.

It is worthwhile to read this WHOLE MSNBC article, to test and diagnose our own spiritual lives and then to get on the ground and pray that the Lord would be merciful to us in our marriages.



your wifey ;-) said...

"They blame two lives going in different directions."

You hear this kind of justification for divorce all of the time in the world, but to hear if from within the church is disturbing and heart-breaking! In a Christian marriage, there is no excuse for "giving up" in because BOTH parties have the Holy Spirit living & dwelling inside them... this is the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the grave. He is mighty & powerful and works within the Christian to enable him to do what God requires of him (i.e. laying down his life for his spouse)! This should bring much hope to a couple in crisis... but all too often, even Christian couples just seem to give-up.

When "2 lives are going in different directions", there is no breaking-point for the Christian couple. They ought to make every effort by the grace of God to get their lives going back in the same "direction", even if it means letting go of one "direction" for the sake of the other's.

"He partially blamed the couple's breakup on their devotion to preaching a prosperity message, exhorting followers to give more money to the church in order to be blessed with greater wealth."

This is such a sad commentary on the state of marriage today. When church leaders can't even keep their priorities in order (1-God; 2-one another; 3-family; 4-ministry) or keep their vows to one another, its no wonder that the rest of the world has forsaken God's design for marriage for just living together instead. Without a biblical understanding of marriage, it would seem like less mess in the long-run anyway, considering the fact that 3 out of 4 marriages in the US now end in divorce. Our "American consumer mentality" has come to characterize our view of marriage: if you want it, buy it (don't count the costs); then if you're not happy with it, you can always return or exchange it.

This attitude toward marriage has totally crept into the church too to the point that the divorce rate is now just as high INside the church as OUTside. It's illustrated in this particular account by the fact that, "This is the second marriage each for the Whites, who came to Tampa after marrying in Maryland in March 1990. They have four grown children - three from his previous marriage, one from hers."

If marriage really is to be an earthly picture of the heavenly relationship between Jesus Christ & His bride, the church, how far have we wondered? This must absolutely break the heart of God... it does mine :-(

geoffrey kirkland said...

You just preached a fabulous sermon, love.

I love u.

your wifey ;-) said...

lol... sorry, I guess I got a little worked-up (blush :-)

Anonymous said...

You two are cute

David H.

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