by Brad Whitt

Divorce: Dealing With the Big 'D'
Brad Whitt
Matthew 5:31

INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning, and I want you to be finding your place at Matthew chapter 5 if you will. We are continuing this morning in our short, simple, and loosely connected series of messages on hot topics that we have entitled, "You Asked For It." And since this is a series on hot topics, this morning I need to be wearing an asbestos suit, because this morning we are going to be "Dealing With The Big 'D.'" We're going to be looking today at what the Bible says about marriage and divorce.

ILLUS: A couple of weeks ago, as I was preparing for this message, I came across a list of the top 50 country music titles of all time. Now, I don't have time to give you all of them, but let me give you a few of the best.

- Thank God and Greyhound she's gone.
- Her teeth was stained, but her heart was pure.
- How can I miss you if you won't go away?
- I keep forgettin' I forgot about you.
- I still miss you, baby, but my aim's gettin' better.
- I wouldn't take her to a dog fight, cause I'm afraid she'd win.
- I'm so miserable without you, it's like having you here.
- If I had shot you when I wanted to, I'd be out by now.
- Mama get a hammer, there's a fly on papa's head.
- You're the reason why our kids are so ugly.

Country music just simply has a unique way of capturing the condition of our culture – especially when it comes to relationships – marriage and divorce.

For example, back in 1968, Tammy Wynnett had a song that went on to become a number one hit entitled, D-I-V-O-R-C-E. And of course, who can forget the great country music hit, "She got the gold mine, I got the shaft?" But my all time favorite, especially given where I was born was a song written by Mark Chesnut entitled, "I'm going through the big 'd' and don't mean Dallas."

ILLUS: Most of you have heard it.

Six short months we went together
decided it should be forever
Two paychec ...

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