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No Leg to Stand On

July 1, 2013

I am taking liberty this morning to deviate from my typical Monday morning posts to address a current issue. When major events hit the news I typically sit back and ruminate on them a little before I write about them. Last week when the SCOTUS released its opinions on the two cases, which some have called “the gay marriage rulings,” I sat back and watched. After watching the fracas here are some of my thoughts.

The church is trying hard to hold onto the definition of marriage in the courts. While there are many lawyers who are getting paid handsomely to do this, this is the wrong place for the church to be fighting for marriage. The place for the church to be in this battle is in the church!

Depending on the survey, the numbers vary slightly, but overall the Christians get divorced at about the same rate as those who are not believers. How can the church that cannot convince its own members what a marriage is expect to convince others? At this point, the church is no example to follow.

I am not sure how much money was put into all these court cases defending the definition of marriage in the courts, but what if those cases where skipped and the money was put into the local church to put marriage preparation and enhancement programs in place? Maybe then we would see the divorce rate shrink and the church would have something to hold up and say, “See, this is a better way.”

My challenge to each person who is out there today is to stop reading about all the court cases and start learning how to grow deeper in your own marriage or help others grow deeper in theirs. Go on a date with your spouse. Talk. Turn the TV off and play a game – a real game, not one on the smart phone where you don’t talk to each other. Go for a walk. Ask your pastor how to help. Let’s mobilize Christians to really make a difference in marriage. As a whole body we need to aim to cut the divorce rate in our churches in half in the coming years. Now that is a statement about our marriage beliefs we could be proud of.

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