Chuck Terrill: A house divided
The following report is from MSBN.COM:
BERLIN - A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chain sawing a family home in two and making off with his half using a forklift truck. Police in the eastern town of Sonneberg said on Friday the trained mason measured the single-story summer house — which was some 8 meters (26 feet) long and 6 meters wide — before chain sawing through the wooden roof and walls.
"The man said he was just taking his due," said a police spokesman. "But I don't think his wife was too pleased."
After finishing the job, the man picked up his half with the forklift truck and drove to his brother's house, where he has since been staying.
Some-times you must laugh to keep from crying. While the above mentioned “split up” sounds funny, it is not. A similar thing is happening in thousands of American homes. There are fractured families everywhere, and the trend toward divorce seems to be getting worse, not better.
You have heard the statistics: over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. In many cases, divorced people get remarried, only to divorce again. That means the 50 percent statistic underestimates the actual divorce to non-divorce ratio.
Splitting up the property is just the beginning of the heartbreak. You can easily divide a house, but when it comes to “who gets the children?” it is never easy. I know that many divorced families make the best of it, and they have my heart felt prayers for every success. But no matter who you talk to, no one will say that divorce is God's best for mankind.
I see declining loyalty as a root issue. Loyalty between husbands and wives is on the decline. But more importantly, loyalty to God is on decline. In every wedding ceremony I conduct, I urge the couple to be loyal to each other, and to be loyal to God. There is hope for every marriage, by the grace of God.
“Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church — a love marked by giving, not getting” (Ephesians 5.22-28, The Message Bible).
“A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25).
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.