Evangelicals and Divorce

I read the debate that Andrew alluded to earlier and I reckon that functionally most evangelicals are much closer to what David Instone-Brewer says than what John Piper says. That is, most evangelical churches take a dim view of divorce, will tsk-tsk whenever statistics tell them it is on the rise, but they are simultaneously generally prepared to remarry those who have been divorced.

I don’t think that it’s that all of them have carefully read the same texts as Instone-Brewer, rather I think it’s something much simpler and much closer to them. With half of all marriages ending divorce in the US and with evangelicals being the group most likely to divorce, I suspect that almost all evangelical churches – despite claims of heeding the most literal reading of the Bible possible – have found ways to read this teaching that may not be the most immediate, literal readings.