It's no surprise that our culture has changed radically in the last 50 years; even in the last 5. Things that used to be unthinkable (for example, Caitlyn Jenner's sex change or the Supreme Court's marriage ruling) are now lauded.
A new study on divorce shows that Americans view it very differently than before. And one might ask: is it the chicken or the egg? Has the sliding scale on divorce changed the culture's views on other things like homosexuality and gender identity? Or is it the other way around? You tell us!
Here's what a new Lifeway poll found as reported on Christian news journal:
The majority of people (Christian or not) now see divorce as acceptable (i.e., "not a sin") for any reason, ranging from falling out of love to adultery.
Pastors tend to take a narrower view of acceptable reasons for divorce (like for adultery over falling out of love), but Christians are more likely to align with American culture over their pastor's views.
Where you live also helps dictate your views. Southerners and Northeasteners are more likely to view divorce as sinful than Westerners.
And your race also tends to distinguish your reasons for saying divorce is a sin. According to the study, "Hispanics are more likely than whites to say it is sinful to divorce when one spouse commits adultery — 45 percent compared to 36 percent. African Americans are most likely to believe divorcing over abuse is a sin. Almost half (47 percent) say yes, compared to 36 percent of whites and 32 percent of Hispanics. Only a quarter (26 percent) of African Americans say none of the reasons given are a sin, compared to 40 percent of whites and 37 percent of Hispanics."
One thing is certain: there is a lot of confusion, both within the church and outside, on whether divorce is a sin. And the closer alignment of Christians to the mainstream culture than to their pastors is telling--and concerning.
What does this study say to you? How do you feel about divorce? Let us know your thoughts!