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Amy Grant sold more than 20 million albums of contemporary Christian music. Amy was married to Gary Chapman, a fellow Christian musician, for 16 years and had two children with him. Her fans were stunned and saddened when she announced that she was divorcing him. For a while her album sales remained brisk, even though there had been rumors prior to the divorce that she and Vince Gill might be committing adultery. Amy assured her fans that her friendship with Gill, who was married at the time, had nothing to do with her divorce. And maybe that’s true.

It does not matter.

Whether or not Vince Gill and Amy Grant had sex while either of them was married to another person is not the issue, and in fact, I wish them well in their marriage. I mention their divorce and remarriage because they are a very public example of something altogether common in churches today … divorce and remarriage. About 25 percent of people in North America have been through at least one divorce.

Grant and Gill are indicative of the evangelical blind spots in our understanding of the Biblical stand on marriage and divorce.

  • Blind Spot #1 – If you feel unhappy in a marriage and counseling doesn’t make the marriage happy, end the marriage and move on.
  • Blind Spot #2 – If you can’t stand living with your spouse and decide to separate, you are free to start over with someone else. Even if the divorce itself is wrong, once the damage has been done, it’s okay to remarry.

While Vince and Amy show a lot of hubris in their attitudes, their views are not uncommon. They’re shared by millions of ordinary people.

I think we need to look at what the Bible actually says because the church is told to judge without hypocrisy, but we have failed to recognize our own hypocrisy. That doesn’t mean we should be silent, but that we should be honest.

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