Divorced Ministry Leaders Acceptable
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Should divorced Christians be ministry leaders?" President of ChristiaNet, Bill Cooper, responds, "Before accepting any ministry leader, much prayer, fasting and consideration must be given to the candidate."
Out of 2,600 Christians surveyed, 60% of them felt that divorced leaders who were innocent victims of spousal infidelity should be allowed to serve in ministry. Some of their reasons included, "It all depends on the situation, why they were divorced. The other party may be to blame. So if the leader is the innocent party, why not allow them to lead a ministry?" Others cited God's ability to forgive sin, "Yes... God hates divorce, but the law of forgiveness heals. Not to let people be leaders who have experienced divorce in the past is hurtful legalism." Others say divorced leaders are more compassionate. People who experienced pain in the past can better relate to those who are suffering through a divorce or contemplating one.
Twenty-three percent of survey takers took a negative stance when it comes to divorced leaders. "Absolutely NO, because God is so definite in His Word that He hates divorce. If divorced men or women become ministers, how can they preach about having healthy families and healthy relationships when their own lives do not set good examples?" Other comments included, "Allowing divorced Christians to be ministry leaders doesn't say much to our younger generation. My next question is how many times can a person be divorced and still be a leader in the church, two, three, or four times?"
Only seventeen percent of poll takers were unsure about whether or not divorced Christians should be ministry leaders. One unsure respondent commented, "When you are a leader you lead by example. People look up to you and take note of what you do or say. But we can not judge; only God knows. And If God can forgive, why can't we? We are not greater that God."
To help educate Christians on the cons of divorced Christians in ministry, ChristiaNet has just released a free Marriage Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian Community.