Howard Hendricks, one of the most compelling teachers I have ever heard stood before 52,000 men at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. and began with these words:
Marriage is like flies on a window.
The ones on the outside are trying to get in.
The ones on the inside are trying to get out.
With that combination of humor and realism he had us. We knew we weren’t going to hear some sanctimonious, guilt-producing speech on marriage.
This Sunday at the Gathering Church I continue the study of Jesus’ teaching known as the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:31-32. In this incredible summary of how Jesus imagines life with God he speaks very directly about divorce. Instead of ignoring real life he takes it head on because even though single, he knows that the best place and the hardest place to experience the glory of God’s kingdom is in marriage.
His words become another occasion to realize that Jesus is not intent on giving us new rules.
His goal is life.