MAJOR DISCLAIMER!!!! The following is just something I have been thinking about and trying to find a peace point on. It in no way represents the views, opinions or policies of North Point Community Church, North Point Ministries, my family or friends. Again, I am thinking about these ideas and would love to have some educated feedback.
Anita and I recently went to see “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Please don’t judge to quickly. This doesn’t say a lot for my Spiritual depth but I am able to watch or listen to something without my faith turning me into a raging legalist. I however do not recommend the movie. The movie’s comedy is a bit rude and vulgar apart from the homosexual themes. Adam Sandler’s character plays the typical “single male” and all that comes with it.
After watching the movie where the Christian perspective is represented with some very rude and self-righteous characters I started wondering if I should be offended. I decided that I couldn’t be. The truth is that stereotypes exist because a large enough number of a group have represented themselves as the stereotype shows.
Another point of my self-discussion is from a statistic I heard on Mark Driscoll’s blog. The divorce rate for Christians is almost the same as non-Christians. On top of that, the divorce rate for Pastors is also the same, around fifty percent. Here’s where I feel I may be getting a bit controversial.
If we as Christians and as Pastors (as a group) can’t keep the Scriptural-sanctity of marriage, what place do we have to tell others that they shouldn’t be afforded the opportunity to be married? I’m not arguing the Biblical model of marriage. I believe that marriage is a God-designed institution between a Christian man and a Christian woman. What I’m asking is why we (as a group) preach at others about the purity of marriage yet continue to demolish our own marriages with immorality, lack of mercy and work schedules.
I don’t have a decided ideal on this. I just think that Christians as a general group, and I have been as big a contributor to the problem as anyone, have picked and chosen certain topics to get all fired up and vocal about while ignoring the issues that we face. I would love to have some dialogue on this subject.