The last couple of days of all the publicity and talk of what is going on with “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” or should I say “Jon – Kate w/ Eight Part Time,” has really angered me. Again, the media frenzy has glorified divorce in our culture. Not too many months ago, Harrison Ford left his wife of many years for a much younger lady. Then, Mel Gibson left his wife for a younger lady who is now pregnant. After all the religious statements that Mel Gibson made around the making of “Passion of Christ,” he has been arrested for DUI, divorced, and now his girl friend is pregnant out of wedlock. And most recently, Ryan O’Neal has stated he is going to marry Farrah Fawcett after living together for 25+ years.
Before you go thinking that I am playing judge today, I am not. I realize that divorce is not the unpardonable sin. You can go to heaven divorced. You can be an effective Christian and be divorced. But God says He hates divorce. There are many problems that come from divorce.
Both of Jon and Kate have said that this is a new chapter in their lives. The next chapter usually is not as good as the chapter you’re living now because of the other lives you are affecting by the choices you make today. I have listened to people ask for prayer for this family, which they need it desperately. But how many of us would know this family had they not been on TLC with their program. I think reality TV has gone too far. Did I watch the show? Very rarely. I thought that they were exploiting this young family. What were the Gosselins thinking when they agreed to have TV cameras following them around all the time and making their lives completely public? Did they think about what that kind of stress would put on a family? Did they think about how their private time would be public? Did they ever consider the impact on their beautiful children the cameras would have? I don’t think that they truly thought those things through. Now, again we glamorize divorce.
Marriage is hard enough without all of the outward pressure of having a public life. Marriage is to last forever. I was talking to an individual that questioned whether or not marriage was worth it. She didn’t know if marriage actually worked. I believe marriage, God’s plan for marriage, always works. It is we, the individuals in the marriage, that don’t work. Sin and selfishness get in the way of marriage being heavenly.
Hopefully, you have continued reading to this point. No matter if you are married, divorced, or single. The point my rant today is that instead of glorifying sin, we need to see it as it really is. We also need to realize that the world’s view of issues most of the time is opposite of the Bible’s view. If we are going to take a vocal, public stand for Christ we need make sure we can handle it.