Tell Your Christian Divorce Story
Are you a Christian who has a story to tell about how your church reacted when it learned of your decision to divorce? Where you shamed? Shunned? Labeled?
Just as the MeToo movement has helped the healing of sexually abused victims by sharing their stories, you may find healing in being able to tell your Spiritual Abuse story.
By sharing our stories, we can bring to light the Pharisaical attitudes too many churches practice against its divorced parishioners. Let's raise our voices as we seek to spare others the pain the church has inflicted upon us.
On the other hand, perhaps your's is a grace-filled church, a good model for embracing divorced people with love and acceptance. Let's hear your stories too. My purpose is to not to destroy the church, but to seek to heal it as it learns to aid in healing the divorced.
I urge you to join me in advocating for grace and healing of divorced people within the church by sharing your stories here.
I am a writer of the memoir, God, the Devil, and Divorce, and I want to help you tell your own story. Message me at https://www.facebook.com/LindaMooreKurthWriter.
Do you have a divorce experience to share? Have you been shamed by a church because of your divorce? There are hurting people who need to hear your story, who need to know they are not alone, and who need to be encouraged. If you are interested in sharing your story, email Linda for guidelines: Linda@LindaMKurth.com
Linda M. Kurth is a writer and a divorced and remarried Christian. In going through the divorce, she experienced a dichotomy of responses from the Christian community. After sharing some of those experiences in her upcoming memoir, God, the Devil, and Divorce, she's heard many stories of divorced Christians who have struggled with the same issue. This blog invites divorced Christians to tell their stories with the goal of encouraging churches to resist condemnation and become a source of healing and grace.
9/22/2018 05:14:54 pm
I was not shamed by other Christians, having gone thru my 2nd divorce over 5 years ago, but definitely felt like people stayed their distance from me as if I had rabies or some STD. The true loving Christians talked or called me privately to let me know they were there if they needed me and gave me words of encouragement. A lady in my Sunday School class really impacted me in a positive way telling me if I ever decided not to attend the class anymore, since my ex kept going and was kind of a 'loud want to have all the attention on him-kind of person', that she would understand and she just wanted me to know that. I continued to go for a month until I realized being in the same room was no longer healthy for me.
9/22/2018 05:36:40 pm
Thank you for your comments, Paula. Churches can be sources of healing for divorced people, and yours was one of them. I love to hear stories like that. Bless that woman who understood your pain.
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