Divorce Rate Among Conservative Christians Is Much Lower Perhaps Only 10 Percent, Proving Christianity To Be Of Great Value

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   11/12/2012

More than ever before, divorce rates in America continue to rise and families begin to split apart. Husbands and wives alike make the decision to go forward with a divorce for various reasons—all in some way leaving their relationship, families, and marriage completely broken.

While we can recognize that there are various reasons people decide to divorce, and some are understandable such as adultery, but the fact still remains that it is tragic these circumstances are even happening and leading to divorce.

In the midst of these rising divorce rates, there is a common misconception that the divorce rate among Christians in just as high as or even greater than those in our society who are not professing Christians.

However, new research reveals the true facts, which shows that this is not a true assumption. Rather, the divorce rate among active, conservative Christians is exceedingly lower.

An article in the Gospel Coalition recently reported the facts on this very issue. The article shows reports from a sociologist professor at the University of Connecticut, Bradley Wright. His research shows that 60 percent of people who are not believers in Christ have been divorced while only 38 percent of Christians who regularly attend church have been divorced. (some of which only became active after their divorce) 

Those who are active disciples of Christ prove to have stronger marriages and a lower divorce rate. This is because they make the decision to put Christ as the center of their marriage and allow God to grow and deepen their marriages. This is not to say that they never experience strife, but that they do not allow this to pull them apart.

“Couples who regularly practice any combination of serious religious behaviors and attitudes—attend church nearly every week, read their Bibles and spiritual materials regularly; pray privately and together; generally take their faith seriously, living not as perfect disciples, but serious disciples—enjoy significantly lower divorce rates than mere church members, the general public, and unbelievers,” the Gospel Coalition article states.

Another study shows similar results. W. Bradford Wilcox is a leading sociologist at the University of Virginia and the Direct of the National Marriage Project. His study shows that those who are attend church on a regular basis and are active in their faith are “35 percent less likely to divorce compared to those who have no affiliation” in church or believe in God.

By placing God first in a marriage, husbands and wives primarily seek after Him and allow their relationships with God to reflect in their marriage. Ultimately, this makes their relationship stronger and wiser. God created marriage for us to be a covenant with Him and to each other. When we treat marriage this way and place Him above all, our marriages will be healthier and more committed as we are devoted to Christ.

“…Those who said they were more religious reported higher average levels of commitment to their partners, high levels of marital satisfaction, less thinking and talking about divorce and lower levels of negative interaction…” according to Professor Scott Stanley of the University of Denver.

Having faith in Christ does not mean that everything in our marriages are going to be perfect and without conflict. It is inevitable that arguments and strife will reveal iteself, but it is our response during these times that makes a difference. When we have an active faith in Jesus Christ and go to Him as the source for all of our decisions and lifestyle, we can produce a positive outcome to any negative situation.

Ultimately, we can receive the patience, wisdom, and understand we need through Christ. It is because of the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on the cross that we receive forgiveness. And it is through our faith and grace found in Him that we can then forgive others—including our spouse.  

The research shown by researchers in this article by the Gospel Coalition proves that when a marriage is centered on Christ, the chances for divorce are much lower. Praise God for the forgiveness, redemption, and love we receive through his Son.

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