On one hand Rainy writes:
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the state of the family. The biblical values that built our great nation–once passed on from each generation to the next as a national treasure–are being questioned and dismissed. As a result, never before have we seen such deterioration in our homes:
Never before have so many children grown up in broken homes.
Never before has the definition of marriage been altered to allow for two people of the same sex.
Never before has the marriage covenant been viewed with such contempt by a generation of young people.
Never before have parents been ridiculed for seeking to raise children with biblical values.
Never before have so many Christians laughed, shrugged their shoulders or did nothing about adultery, divorce and sin.
Never before has materialism been so flagrantly embraced over relationships.
Never before has the family been in such need of a new legacy.
Then, in another email he writes:
That scene reminds me of the day Dr. Robert Lewis, my friend and former pastor, made the startling statement that the church staff was spending more time dealing with preventing divorce, comforting those going through a divorce and helping people recover from a divorce than with all other spiritual needs and issues combined
After my post on training up children, and my claim that there is a rampant hypocrisy in all the outward efforts to come against everything that is attacking familism, commenter Booch Paradise said:
Personally I’m not feeling it. I don’t think that you can validly find fault with an article because it does not address the chip on your shoulder. I know a lot of parents that would be shocked to find the kind of garbage that is being pushed under the guise of education at these schools, and so articles like this are necessary. If anything needs to be added to this article it’s the message that Christians should have long since pulled their kids out of the public school system. Then after that you might add something about if you can’t do that because you’re a single parent, and are a single parent because of a reason other than the death of your partner, you need to repent. But really, the issue of male headship and divorce is just off topic when discussing the push of homosexual acceptance.
What would he say to Rainy, who, while not pointing any fingers regarding divorce cause, does at least state how big that problem is? One must conclude that if homosexuality etc. was the big challenge in the flock, those ministers would not have been exhausting themselves on the issue of divorce.
Worse, however, is that Rainy mentions divorce only indirectly in his list above by mentioning children with broken homes. The rest of his list are the more safe topics the church spends more public time on.
How is all this reconciled? Why does the church so boldly go after these other categories but steer clear of anything too strong about divorce? Easy….divorce talk upsets women. The other topics, gay marriage etc. somehow indirectly empowers Christian women by affording them cover.