IT IS EASY to fill into the temptation of drinking that divorced people have moved away from God, but this is not only not so, but the opposite is true. We have to keep it in mind because it opens before us a whole field of labor.
According to the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage•, only seventeen percent of all the divorced people surveyed in a study said they had had a reduction in their religious practice during the process of divorce and later on. Meanwhile an overwhelming eighty-three percent of those surveyed said that the experience of divorce served to increase their faith in God and strengthen their spirituality and religious practices. study, which was carried out among Catholic believers and those of other evangelical denominations in the United States, produced other data that should not go unnoticed: about forty-two percent of divorced people admitted to having changed their religious denomination as a result of their divorce. Thirty-three percent of women surveyed said that divorce had been a catalyst for them at the time they changed religions.
This is vital information for our church. Knowing that there are moments in the lives of people when they especially need God should lead us to action, beginning by making us more accessible to them and their needs. How is the church going to respond to this real need of real men and women in society? The church ought to be that community of support that lends a hand without judging them, without seeing them as Sodom and Gomorrah. To do that, we need to educate ourselves, become sensitive, broaden our minds, and grow in order to be fit to meet the need.
Knowing that we live in the time of the end should give us a sense of urgency; it should urge us to impact the lives of others with the truths of the gospel in such a way that they also may be prepared for what is coming, and live now with a sense of purpose and a better understanding of our times.
Thank You, Jesus, for warning us; allow us to be able to do something to help. Amen.
«And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith» (Galatians 6:9, 10).
Quoted in Bryan Craig, «Divorce and Remarriage in the Seventh-day Church.»