Billy Miller

sponsoredby The Kings Gardeners MinistriesSpokane Valley, Washington .

Marriage requires commitment

As a reply to the Jan. 20 column titled "Some divorces save children," statistics seem to show that nowadays people approach marriage with the attitude: "I do" until I decide "I don't." That approach should go out the back door when God's word comes in the front door.

Many marriages have problems, but God has not called any of them a reason for divorce. Problems are to be worked on, not used as an excuse to trash serious marriage vows. God says, "It is better to make no vow, than to make one and then break it." Statistics prove that divorce devastates children. Here are some from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of the Census.

Children from broken homes account for: 63 percent of youth suicides, 71 percent of pregnant teenagers, 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children, 85 percent of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders, 80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger, 71 percent of all high school dropouts, 75 percent of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers, and 85 percent of all youths sitting in prisons.

Children from broken homes are: 11 times more likely to exhibit violent behavior than children from intact "married" homes, five times more likely to commit suicide, 32 times more likely to be a runaway, 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders, 14 times more likely to commit rape, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, nine times more likely to end up in state-operated institutions, and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.

Those are the things that we can save our children from when we decide to work on the marriage problems, and why we try to keep the marriage and family together "for the sake of morality, family, church," but particularly and especially for the children.

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