One of the saddest phrases on earth is used by divorcing Christians who claim to have "irreconcilable differences". What can possibly be irreconcilable for those who follow Christ, the one who reconciled all?
There is a lot of talk in the Body of Christ about faith: faith for healing, for finances, for getting or getting rid of things, for situations, or for people. Yet there is little faith spoken or exercised when it comes to marriage.
We've often wondered what would happen if a person told a pastor or a counselor, "I've decided to murder my spouse. Our relationship is impossible and I don't see any other option." Would the response be, "Well, it's not God's best but I understand that is the only option you have left. We have murder recovery workshops that will help you and your children heal after the murder."?
Absurd? Yes, but if you replace the word murder with the word divorce, you have a conversation that is repeated again and again in the Church every day of the week.
In Matthew 19 and Mark 10 when Jesus was speaking about fidelity in marriage He said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." In and of ourselves, we cannot overcome situations, we cannot foster love when it has grown cold, we cannot face tragedy and continue victorious, but in Him we can.
If we truly believe that the God of the entire universe has a covenant with us through the blood of Jesus Christ and that Jesus Himself lives within us, why do Christians limit fidelity in marriage to what we are personally capable of achieving? It is His power, His love, His victory that are available to us and our part is to walk in them.
This ministry has a very specific call of God on it. We are not called to teach couples how to communicate or how to fight fairly. We are not called to conduct get-away weekends for couples or sponsor couples' social activities. All of those are great for marriages, but they are not what God has asked us to do.
He has called us to uphold the truth and the depth of marriage covenant throughout the earth, based on His covenant with us. He has called us to be a prophetic voice in the earth, upholding His standard and calling His bride to fidelity. In this hour, with marriage under attack on all sides, the standard must be clear and steadfast. We look forward to hearing His voice together at Convention 2011.
"..when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8