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Foundations For Our Future #68

Foundations for Our Future (68)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler


Most of you will remember that I have learned to define the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as “”Nursery School for Disciples.” When Christian people have well understood the teaching in this great section, the world they live in has been a more just and honorable one. When the teachings Jesus gave his first disciples regarding marriage are neglected, first the church and then the world around it become places of pain, division, and spiritual death.

Is this too harsh? I think not. If godly men and women had united behind the truth of God’s revealed Word, fifty and forty and thirty years ago, we would not be facing the crisis in our culture that we face today. But “what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

The rebuilding of the Christian Family is perhaps the single most important thing we can do. This must become a priority. Divorce must again become very rare among Christian people. But what of those among us who are casualties of this era?

Nothing I have faced as a priest of the church has given me more heartache than the steady advance of marital breakup in my lifetime. I long ago decided that I had to find a way through these traumas that focused more on God’s goodness and grace, than on the severity of his law. Marriages die. Divorces happen. New love can and does spring up, in holiness and purity. And the church must embrace those who truly turn to God for a new beginning. Why? Because God is a God of second chances.