Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Churches, Divorce, and Christ

Stephen Baskerville calls churches to account for their complicity in the breakdown of marriages.

While many factors have contributed to this truly diabolical, bureaucratic onslaught against the family, we might begin by looking within. The churches’ failure or refusal to intervene in the marriages they consecrated and to exert moral pressure on misbehaving spouses (perhaps out of fear of appearing “judgmental”) left a vacuum that has been filled by the state. Clergy, parishioners, and extended families have been replaced by lawyers, judges, forensic psychotherapists, social workers, and plainclothes police.

Family integrity will be restored only when families are de-politicized and protected from government invasion. This will demand morally vigorous congregations that are willing to take marriage out of the hands of the state by intervening in the marriages they are called upon to witness and consecrate and by resisting the power of the state to move in.

You can read the entire article here. Baskerville's article relates the main points of his 2007 book, Taken into Custody: The War Against Fatherhood, Marriage, and the Family, in which he attempts to set the record straight about the divorce industry and how it devours families. It is sad that it takes massive books to demonstrate what should be obvious, but the intellectual air we breathe is thick with lies, and we need the spotlight of truth to penetrate the mist.

I would simply like to add one crucial point to what Baskerville has written. Churches will be successful in saving marriages and protecting families not with generic "moral pressure" or "moral vigor" but with the proclamation of Jesus Christ. He alone is the one who can take broken sinners and their broken marriages and transform them into beautiful and productive partnerships in the gospel.

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