Jewish Journal

Jon and Kate say divorce isn’t great

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 23, 2009 | 1:50 pm

Happier days

This may come as a shock, but Jon and Kate Gosselin, of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” fame, filed divorce papers in Montgomery County, Penn., Monday. This ends the great evangelical fishbowl experiment; it hadn’t been going as well as some Christians wanted to believe.

Now divorce is something we Christians are told we cannot do. Marriage is forever, and if we’re not willing to stay married until death do us part, then we shouldn’t get hitched in the first place. Paul makes this clear in his letters, and our wedding vows remind us of as much. But studies have found that those who profess to be Christians are just about as likely to separate from their spouse as non-Christians.

Still, I found Kate’s choice of words a bit surprising.

“I’m not very fond of the idea, personally,” she said. “But I know it’s necessary because my goal is peace for the kids.”

Fond—as in, I’m not very fond of running on a treadmill, but I know it’s good for my heart.

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