According to the Bible's book of Malachi, God hates divorce. Well, after over a dozen years as a pastor, I’m coming around to His point of view. Divorce sucks.
Of course, I also hate screwed-up marriages and people forced to endure those affronts to His nature. (Marriage is intended to be a picture of Jesus’ relationship to His people, so a bad marriage isn’t just emotionally trying—it’s a form of blasphemy.)
Strong words, I know. But I’m ticked.
I just found out a college buddy is getting a divorce. One of my family members has the kind of marriage that makes my stomach hurt. And who knows how many of the marriages in our church are in trouble? (I’m sure it’s way more than I know about.)
Good marriages aren’t rocket science. Challenging, yes. Complicated, no.
But with each successive generation of people who learn about relationships by watching their parents’ broken marriages, good marriages get more and more difficult to find.
So, what’s the church to do? How can we do a better job training people to have successful marriages? (I know they’re possible—I’m in one.)
Your ideas would be appreciated because I’m pretty sure one sermon series a year isn’t cutting it.