Take the time to read this article that was in Christianity Today last month on Divorce. It is more than worth your time.
The author makes a compelling argument for the biblical grounds for divorce being these:
It is a fascinating interpretation and exegesis of scripture which brought much clarity to my mind on what both testaments have to say on the subject of divorce.
Most of the interpretations of the Bible’s teaching on divorce that I have heard in the church are more a product of hearsay and isogesis (the practice of taking one verse or group of verses out of their overall context and inferring meaning into the text that isn’t there) and narrow thinking that doesn’t sqaure at all with modern-day experience.
Jesus Christ is the means through which we are to interpret scripture, not our own culture or our own presuppositions and this reading of scripture squares with the Jesus I know. Granted, I am aware of the danger of referring to the, “Jesus I know,” or “my Jesus” because other readings can square with someone else’s Jesus which may or may not be Jesus at all.
Ok, this post has rambled a bit. I’d be interested to hear some reaction either way to this article. For me the implications of this article have muchto do with leadership in the church. Hopefully most churches have gotten past spurning those who have been divorced. But in light of this interpretation of scripture, does the door open wider for the ordaining of divorce’s as deacons and for ministry?