Beginning tonight, Beverly and I will be conducting a marriage retreat for our church. We have done a number of marriage retreats in the past, and I always felt like what I offered was lacking in something. But I am getting pretty stoked about this one. We are presenting new material, and are putting the finishing touches on it today.
In his book Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas shares something that I had never thought of in quite this way before. He notes that the divorce rate of those who call themselves "born again" Christians is higher than that among non-believers (27% to 25%). But the highest rate of all is among those who call themselves "fundamental" Christians (30%). He then observes that our goal in life is to be "ambassadors for Christ" -- offering the message of reconciliation between God and humanity. Yet, what does it do for our testimony when we are so poor at reconciliation in our own relationships?
Please pray for Beverly and me this weekend. And pray for our nation, that Satan's savage attacks against our families might be defeated.