Right now I am reviewing Susan Gregory Thomas’ article “The Divorce Generation” in the Wall Street Journal (http://ow.ly/5AMPk).
Divorce is a terrible thing, that point which Thomas agrees. Being a product of divorce and a recent divorcee she points that out quite well in her use of personal experience and statistical evidence. She admits that divorce is not the best option, especially when raising children. Overall, I really appreciate her column about this and think you should check it out.
I think that we would do well to reach out to teens and families going through this painful process instead of making one side look terrible. Jesus is all about reconciliation and I think that as the church we should also extend a hand of grace to those who are having hardships and seeking help for them to somehow resolve it.
The solution is also to be preventative and help to encourage married couples to make regular investments of time and resources into their relationship through offering marriage conferences, couples Bible studies, mentoring, and even babysitting services. Maybe churches could help out by regularly doing “date night” babysitting for parents monthly or weekly. When I was in Bible college their were a group of male and female students who asked for a space in a local church to advertise childcare once a week to help single Moms and married couples the option to go and do things such as grocery shopping or date night. Maybe if you charge $ it could go to missions or scholarships for camps. Give it a thought.
Here is another article related to families: 7 Things I Try to Do to Raise a Godly Daughter http://bit.ly/qzchaH