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As long as there is a sin, there will be divorce. Sin divides, and one of the places where it enjoys carving up relationships is the marriage bond. You could argue that divorcing is at the “head of the class” when cobbled together with all our other cultural blemishes.
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There are many bad things on our cultural landscape today that will never go away until Jesus returns. Drugs, homosexuality, abortion, and wrong religion are four of those things that quickly come to mind.
Drugs - Home - Temptation - Children - Escape
Using Drugs: a broken home is a temptation for children to find escape through drugs.
Being Gay: a broken home is one way children become confused about sexual identity.
Abortion - Home - Tempts - Girls - Love
Having an Abortion: a broken home tempts young girls to look for love in all the wrong places.
Ineffective Religion: a broken home can tempt a child to reject God, especially if the parents profess Christ, but were not authentically living for Him.
Then there is divorce.
I have seen the common denominator of a broken home as the catalyst to all of these outcomes, plus many more in my life as a counselor. In that way, the family is more important than a local church because it is families that make up the church body.
Church - Body - Family - Church - Health
A local church body cannot be stronger or better than the family; the church is submissive and dependent upon the health of its constituent families. If the families are weak, it weakens the more substantial body that makes up that localized group.
Because the whole is made up of its parts, this makes the need for healthy God-centered, God-loving families a non-negotiable if you want healthy churches.
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