MarriageCrisisEven to the casual observer it is obvious that marriages in our nation, communities, and churches are experiencing challenges that are not only weakening the lock in wedlock, but also breaking the locks. Here are some evidences pointing to this fact:

  • 50 % of all first time marriages end in divorce.
  • 60% to 65% of second marriages end in divorce.
  • 74% of third marriages end in divorce.
  • The divorce rate in growing among couples married over 25-years.
  • The highest divorce rate is among the 20 to 24 age group.
  • 40% of couples say they are unhappy in their marriages.
  • 7 out of 10 married persons said divorce has entered their mind at one time or another.
  • About 60% of men and 40% of women will have an affair at some point in the marriage (Monogamy Myth, Peggy Vaugn, therapist).
  • Only 46% of men believe that an online affair is adultery (DivorceMag).
  • According to counselor Janis Abrahams Spring, author of After the Affair, affairs affect 2.7 of all couples.
  • Approximately 70% of time spent online in chat rooms, sending e-mails, or visiting social sites where inner actions occur, involve romantic issues.
  • 57% of people have used the internet to flirt.
  • 2 out of 3 women and 3 out of 4 men admit they have had sexual thoughts about a co-worker.
  • 75% of men and 65% of women admit to having sex with people they work with.
  • 8 to 10% on internet users become hooked on cybersex
  • One-third of divorce litigation is caused by online affairs (This Is an Internet E-Mergency, The Fortino Group).
  • The divorce rate is 75% among those who marry their lovers
  • The divorce rate is higher among “professing Christians” than among atheists.

These stats could continue, but these, hopefully, will be a wake up call to church leaders, as well as for every Christian, to make positive responses to strengthening marriages. This section on my website is committed to helping the lock stay strong in wedlock. Watch for additional articles. Also, click on my Amazon link for some of the books I have authored on marriage.