Disposable Marriages

We live in a society where we throw things away quite readily. It seems like nothing lasts or they don’t make things like they used to. From TVs to computers to cell phones, we don’t expect things to last. Down in Atlanta, Georgia, they threw away a sports stadium. The Georgia Dome was less than 25 years old before they threw it away in favor of a new stadium. This lack of permanence even makes its way into our marriages. Jesus addressed the topic of divorce in Matthew 5. He said:

It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. – Matthew 5:31-32 (NIV)

The Bible says that God hates divorce. I’ve seen friends go through so much pain because of divorce that it helps me understand why He hates it. To our modern ears, Jesus’ words may sound harsh. I think He wants us to think about our commitments before we throw away our marriages. We made solemn vows before God and asked Him to bless our marriages. We need to honor those vows and do whatever it takes to stay married before we lawyer up and divorce our spouses.

1 Response to “Disposable Marriages”

  1. 12.31.2009 at 6:09 AM

    Good post. My wife and I agreed we will never divorce. As Christians, we take the vows we made to each other and to God very seriously. God sees a married couple as ONE flesh. Divorce brutally tears and rends that flesh, which is why it’s always so painful.

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