Cranmer's Curate comments:
Cranmer's Curate received a tragic report on his post-Easter break of marital difficulties amongst ministers in his own Conservative Evangelical constituency. Clearly, the post-modern culture of easy divorcism combined with our innate human sinfulness is taking its toll in some cases.
Cranmer's Curate is concerned that one unfortunate spin-off from Evangelical divorces can be the creation of a climate of fear and insecurity around marriage and an unwillingness to be open and honest.
Marriage is a wonderful gift of God and a fantastic institution. Our Lord Jesus Himself was very positive about marriage and very negative about divorce (see for example Mark 10v2-12).
None of us can afford to be complacent both in relation to our own sinfulness and the unrelenting cultural pressures on our marriages. But equally we must not react to the tragedy of Evangelical divorces by falling into the sin of paranoid negativism about God's gracious gift of marriage.