Divorce: Sign of the Times?

Sign of the times

Yes, you read that correctly – it says “Life is short.  Get a divorce” and then provides the phone number for a law office.  Divorce is common in our culture.  I remember having a conversation this week with a woman whose father has been married 5 times – including twice with the same woman.  In situations like that it seems like people now consider marriage like they once thought of dating.  Come and go as you please and break up when things get tough or something better comes along.

This billboard appeared on the streets of Chicago.  Eventually people complained and it was able to be taken down on a technicality.  But when I read this article it brought sorrow to my heart.  This is a sad sign of the state of the world we live.  Something that my God hates is embraced by most.  If someone hasn’t had a divorce themselves, I could probably guarantee that their lives have been effected by one or they know someone dear to them who has.  Though some stats now tell us that divorces may be declining since the 1970’s, people are choosing instead to just “play marriage” and live together without getting married.  Divorces are easy to have and more common place than ever before.  A simple google search on the word “divorce” will give you easy methods to get the job done – quick, easy and best of all cheap!

Even sadder is the place of this thing God hates in His own church!  Cohabition and divorce and remarriage seem to be just as common in the church as the world.  However, the founder of the faith and head of the church said the following:

Matthew 5:31-32 – “It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’; but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19:3-9 – Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH’? “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE AND SEND her AWAY?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Luke 16:18 – “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.”

Seems like people may not be taking him serious.  Jesus’ words were not just suggestions or good life principles and morals.  I believe they were the very words of life – that when obeyed one would be led to life in the Kingdom of God.  Ignoring or disregarding his words would be like traveling to a place you have never been and disregarding different steps on your list of directions.

My challenge today is to change the words of that billboard.  Life is indeed short – but stay together!  Fight it out, repent, forgive, yeild, love, get counseled, have patience, and all the rest – for indeed life is short – and then the Kingdom comes.

Hebrews 13:4 (NLT) Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.

  • Why is this happening?
  • Why are these stats as common in the church they are in the world?
  • What do you think this says about where we are in light of the end of the age?
  • What can be done?
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