5 Reasons Christians are Silent While the Innocent Suffer

Michael Brown discusses how easy it is to turn a blind eye to suffering in our day, while pondering how crazy it is that Christians in the past were blind to the horrors of slavery and other things.

5 Reasons Christians are Silent While the Innocent Suffer | Michael Brown | The Stream

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  1. I see this also in the case of divorce. Divorce destroys families for generations to come, especially when there is no reason for the divorce. The church in my experience just turns a blind eye and moves on like nothing has happened. There is no accountability.

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    • I am curious how the church turns a blind eye? As a pastor, those involved in the marriage are accountable. If I were to get a divorce, my credentials would be terminated until it was resolved. If there are more than one divorce, no credentials are given.

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    • I think you both make good points, kathie and bacon. As for the teaching of and serving in the Church, there IS right teaching and accountability. But as for the wider church body, well, divorce is accepted commonly, it’s not rare, since divorce seems as prevalent in the body as among the general population.
      I want to say, based on what Ive read, money troubles in marriages is most common cited for divorce. We should stress the Word, don’t be unequally yoked; don’t marry an unbeliever. Second, perhaps, learn to manage finances – together. Divorce should be only a last resort, by infidelity, namely adultery. And of deacons, elders, teachers, pastors in the Church, they must meet the qualifications for these offices cited in Scripture, 1 Timothy 3. The main difference between an elder and a deacon is a difference of gifts and calling, not character. But of this solid biblical character for leader roles in the Church, our discipleship effort should demonstrate by example/teach/love/bear all things with one another, that each and every disciple of Jesus ought to strive for the same character, mature, steadfast, beyond reproach – one and all. So do we have a blind eye towards divorce in the Church? In part, yes. And in part, no. It shouldn’t be this way. We’re not all on the same page. It’s widely known that its not ok for leaders, and yet we don’t stress it enough among the so-called laity. We may not have a firm hand either to teach and warn about what divorce is, and how it impacts the individuals involved and the Church. So I tend to think we have a problem with not making disciples. If we asked all the members of the Church, Are you presently being discipled within the biblical discipleship model outlined in the Word, what would be the concensus? I think the poll would show, Many don’t even know what discipleship should look like, or they erroneously think bible studies and home group attendance alone fulfill this order. Pose the question a different way, Are you being personally mentored? Or, do you have accountability partners? I believe a lot of Christians would say, No.

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