6 years ago: ‘God hates divorce’

July 19, 2007, on this blog: ‘God hates divorce’

I don’t think God’s holiness and God’s love are as irreconcilable as the club-wielding “God hates divorce/you” crowd seems to think. I’ve had the privilege of knowing a few saints who devoted their lives to imitating and demonstrating the love of God. These people also became models of God’s holiness. I’ve also known many pious folk who devoted their lives to imitating and demonstrating the holiness of God. None of those people ever seemed to become a model of God’s love.

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  • “Homosexuals are changing traditional marriage, a religious institution!” say equal rights opponents.
    “Christians changed ‘traditional marriage’ when they stole it from the Jews and rewrote the divorce rules,” says I.

    They tend not to have a good argument for that, although a few have stomped their foot and insisted they must be right because Christian = Right.

  • MaryKaye

    There’s an infuriating tendency for the word “religion” to slide back and forth between meaning “religion” and meaning “Christianity” in US discourse, which provides convenient cover for rights which should belong to all religions getting limited to Christian religions.

    Of course marriage is an institution in numerous religions, but the idea that it’s therefore a specifically Christian institution is outrageously stupid. I think the stupidity would be more evidence to more people if it weren’t for the background of “religion==Christianity”.

    I have a couple of times had the experience of saying to someone “I am a religious person” and a few moments later “I am not a Christian” and having them react as if they have *caught me in a lie*.

    My city, which is by US standards notably religiously tolerant, still had to develop an Interfaith Council because previous ecumenical groups couldn’t work on equal terms with Muslims or Pagans or even with Unitarian-Universalists.

    (I had some personal experience with this. After 9/11 I was part of a neighborhood watch to try to avert vandalism at our local mosque. Around 2 am some young Muslim men came by to ask pointedly what we were doing there, and hearing that we were sponsored by the Church Council led to a rather uncomfortable couple of minutes. They felt, quite reasonably, that the Church Council was “them” rather than “us”. Then they asked our own personal religious affiliations–turns out everyone there that night was Pagan–and it got even more uncomfortable. But we had a long talk and parted without animosity, which is, I guess, the best that could be hoped for in a difficult time. And no one vandalized the mosque.)