“Poor Jesus. He just doesn’t understand the times. The very idea of calling adultery a sin. He says adultery is the ground for divorce. He rules out incompatibility. Does He think people will go for that? Who does He think He is playing God and imposing His morality on us?”
Sound familiar? Jesus got the same message up close and personal. Some of the Jewish church lawyers cornered Him to ask about divorce. “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause at all?” (Matthew 19:3). Jesus answered in a forthright manner. “I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). His close associates were astonished, “If the relationship of a man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry” (Matthew 19:10).
This is exactly how many people look at it. They take their marriage vows and make their promises with their fingers crossed behind their backs. If the marriage does not work out to their satisfaction, they head for the divorce court. Better to be out of a marriage than be miserable; better than really trying to make it work anyway.
We are in a time of radical freedom and individualism. We want freedom without responsibility. Anyone who disagrees is too narrow, including Jesus Christ.
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