Like it or not, marriage says something about God. The New Testament tells us that in a marriage the man and woman represent Christ and the church. That’s why God expects a woman to obey her man and the man to go to the cross for his woman. The church is the bride of Christ, and Jesus loves her like a groom---passionately, completely, and forever. A faithful marriage proclaims and celebrates that love, especially between Christians.
When Christians divorce, or even fool around, they’re saying something about Christ, too. A woman who cheats on her husband is telling the world that Christ’s love isn’t enough. When a man is unfaithful to his wife, he’s shouting from the rooftops that Jesus Christ is a liar. And divorce says both at once.
Too much burden to lay on one couple? Maybe so. That’s why the church is supposed to be helping us stay faithful to our vows. And when we do, not only are our own lives blessed, but Jesus Christ himself is lifted up.
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley