Behold, the wisdom of Christ:
31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce. 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
We all know someone who is divorced. Maybe they married too young, or maybe they married someone who didn’t respect them, or… or why does God even care? Why does God want to get down into the muck and mire of human intercourse and tell us that a bad decision about one of our relationships has to haunt us to infinity and beyond? If someone said these words to you as a divorcee you would reconsider their friendship, but for millions of people these words are okay because they come from God. And for some these words are even more than okay; they are gospel.
But with so many divorcees in the modern world I’m thinking not many people really do take these couple of little nonsenses to heart. I’m thinking that many people just sweep these words under the carpet and never bring them up with their divorced friends, or even with themselves. I’m thinking that there’s not too much evangelizing done around divorce because everyone knows that these words are just so far out of place and anachronistic and beyond rude that what should be considered gospel is better pretended not to be there.
How many stupid things can God say before His divine intelligence is questioned?
That’s actually a serious question, because with this pair of verses on divorce and the previous section on adultery God has shown He can be just as stupid as the rest of us. Probably because that’s who He is… just us writ small.