By Emily Geiger
Some pastors in the UK made headlines last week for some sermons they gave regarding marriage and divorce. They basically said that the high divorce rate we all face is due to the fact that wives no longer submit to their husbands.
Shocking, isn’t it.
I know, I didn’t realize there was still any clergy in the UK either.
Anyhoo, as for these ministers’ claims, I think they are being a little too simplistic. I don’t think you can point to any one thing and say that is the reason for today’s exceedingly high divorce rate.
Do a lot of women have problems respecting their husbands? Sure. But I think the breakdown of a marriage always involves two people. Sadly, it seems that these pastors forgot the part about God commanding men to loves their wives sacrificially, as Christ loved the church.
It’s kinda hard to respect a selfish man who acts in his own best interests, and not in the best interests of his family. Husbands who insist on viewing porn, having affairs, gambling away the family’s resources, and drinking to excess are all behaviors that are extremely self serving and not deserving of respect, but, unfortunately, they are very common.
Of course, it’s hard for a man to love a woman who doesn’t respect him, too. Women shouldn’t make a habit of talking down to or belittling their husbands for no other reason than mimicking their dysfunctional friends or the dysfunctional relationships they see on television.
That’s why marriage is a two way street, both in success and failure.
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