Interesting article at Talk2Action.
Nation Magazine claims the regions that are most obsessed with family values have the highest rates of family breakups. We have heard for years that the rates of divorce among Christians are higher than the rates in the secular world. The article in Nation says, “It looks as if right-wing Christianity itself undermines modern marriage.”
Michelle Goldberg wrote the article. The noted author once spent a couple of hours with me in my office doing research on her book about the Religious Right named, Kingdom Coming. Michelle blames promoting abstinence until marriage as a cause of high divorce rates…..
Michelle’s theory that abstinence teaching, no sex until marriage, is the cause for divorce does not connect with me…. Her theory reminds me of an older church member who told me he would never tell his teenage son not to drink, because that would only make him want to become a drunk. We could conclude that teaching high school students that Meth is harmful only makes them more prone to become a Meth addict.
I want to submit another reason why divorce is so high in the Christian community.
Much of it comes from the examples that are prominent in the Religious Right. Jim and Tammi Baker’s national divorce began a trend towards a who cares about divorce among ministers. Baker hosts a daily show that often mixes a conspiracy-laden-join-the-militia-quickly with end of times warnings. GOP power broker Tim Roberts, Oral Roberts son, is another example. The modern user friendly church almost never mentions divorce for fear of being too judgmental. Since more than half of the congregation has experienced such, bringing up such a painful subject is taboo.
Perhaps the most startling example is end of times wizard Hal Lindsey.
Hal has been married three times and is on his fourth wife. Last time I caught a glimpse of Hal on Television he was telling his audience to leave churches who refused to teach his end of times theories. Hal believes pastors who are not with him on his theories are cowards and false prophets. Ironically the Bible teaches that prophets who make a prediction that does not happen are the false prophets. Hal predicted the end of the world in the seventies. He continually tells audiences Obama is seeking to make this a Muslim nation. Hal was nurtured by R. B. Thieme, an anti-Semitic Houston preacher who wore a military uniform when he preached…. The TV preacher explained that the computer chip was a device to be implanted in each individual so the government could track them and keep up with who had the mark of the beast. Just the other day Lindsey was suggesting Obama is paving the way for a world leader who is the long feared Antichrist.
For years Hal taught that the Common market in Europe was the evil 10 member beast of Revelation. This was proven untrue because there are now 27 in this organization. He stated the Soviet Union would be the nation that birthed the Antichrist. There is no longer a Soviet Union. Interesting that Hall thinks he can predict with such accuracy, yet cannot foretell how long his marriages will last. I submit it is examples like Hal, who has the microphone, that give a license to divorce that historically was frowned upon by Christians.
Regardless of who gets the blame, the article, as many others, brings up the facts that divorce is higher among Christians in the nation. As stated in the opening paragraph, “It’s a puzzling paradox,”.