Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve
Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but the issue of divorce and remarriage has come up so many times in the past couple of weeks that I have been left feeling like I am the only one (well, besides that wonderful sister of mine, and my husband) who is willing to take a stand on what the word of God says. What saddens me is the way that it is justified by believers to actually appear that God is for remarriage after divorce. That we as His chosen are not willing to trust Him in this as well. That our churches celebrate remarriages, and everyone rejoices for the new couple. That we look so much like the rest of society even in this area. That the word of God is not uplifted above all else.
I watched just this past week as a couple who had no prior reason to take a stand either way, and were confronted with a situation where they needed to see what God had to say, were shown scripture to back up that Christians should not remarry after divorce. They rejoiced in the revelation of the word that was made so clear to them! But, within literally days, I saw that word snatched from them as they talked to a pastor and a deacon at two different churches, and then read books justifying other positions.
The common, always heard reasoning's being: the person wasn't saved when they were married the first time therefor they are a new creation in Christ and the first marriage was not a commitment before God (and what about those children from that first marriage? Are they then too considered null and void?). It was their spouse who left them therefor they did everything to save the marriage so they are free to remarry (if they go on to remarry they did not do everything to save themselves for God to reunite them). Aren't we all sinners? How can I condemn him if I do such and such? Has God really said thou shall not remarry after divorce? (Clearly, all those verses can't be that He really meant it). I don't feel convicted (are we therefor basing our beliefs on our feelings, or the word of God?). It is better to remarry than to lust after women (as my dear husband pointed out, men are going to struggle with lust whether they are married or not ~ poor excuse). There was adultery involved, therefor scripture says it is okay to divorce (Scripture also says forgive, that divorce was given because of the hardness of our hearts, and it does not say that remarriage is fine for reasons of adultery).
When will we start standing for the word of God? This grieves my heart. To watch my fellow brothers and sisters justify this is so sad. To see most of them unwilling to even take a stand. What is of utmost importance? The word of God, or our temporary comfort and happiness? Again, how do we preach to our children the importance of a Godly marriage that lasts a life time (like God ordained) while our churches and fellow Christians are celebrating remarriages in our sanctuaries?
Personally, we could not attend a wedding this past weekend of very good friends of ours for this very reason. My heart is so sad and heavy to watch this being celebrated amongst our body of believers.
Choose this day whom you will serve. If He is Lord, then follow Him.