A Great Failing

The greatest failure in the Christian church may be divorce. It might approach fifty percent close to that of secular marriages. However, I wouldn’t trust the reported statistics. First, people claim to be Christian when they are at best nominal believers or just checked a box that they believe in God. Second, like Covid-19 statistics, where every person that tests positive has their death attributed to it, even though it involved a car accident, drug overdose or another underlying health issue. The divorce statistics are probably skewed by other collateral factors and reasons.

The world loves to portray Christians as big failures at their own institutions such as marriage. If we assume the statistics are fifty percent erroneous, it is still a disgrace upon the Congregation of Believers. Yeshua taught and demonstrated the meaning of true love, love of God and our fellow man. God will be proved as merciful, loving and just, when the accuser of the brethren is cast down. “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12: 9-11).

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4: 10-11). Marriage is fundamental to the relationship of Messiah and the Congregation of Believers. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (Ephesians 5: 25-33). This is the love of God in the Congregation of Believers:
Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
Love never fails.
(1 Corinthians 13: 4-8).

The accuser of the brethren has been cast down, let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Marriage is not unlike any other commitment or foundation of the faith, in that it is subject to temptation, our weakness, and external pressures. It usually doesn’t collapse under one great storm event, but by gradual erosion, neglect, cumulative contempt, unforgiveness, communication barriers and increasing self-reliance/focus. The answer to every problem, attack, failure and crisis, is found in Yeshua, Messiah. Lord help us, you are our only hope and salvation.

About Steve2525

Retired Journeyman
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