“One British department store chain, Debenhams, has launched a gift registry for couples that are calling it quits so that family and friends can help them ‘begin their new life.’”
At one time, our society discouraged divorce and championed marriage. One of the benefits of the stigma of divorce was that it encouraged couples to work through problems and keep their unions. Those days are past. Now we have social institutions that work against marriage.
--The Week January 29, 2010 p. 6. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Matthew 19:3-9 (NIV) “Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?" (4) "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' (5) and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? (6) So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate." (7) "Why then," they asked, "did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?" (8) Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. (9) I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."