Onward, Christian Couple
Now, at a church outside of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, my husband and I regularly hear our pastor acknowledge our reality and that of many married couples who find themselves spiritually divergent. Churches that minister to military couples can't assume that everyone in the pews is in a marriage to a Christian whose beliefs line up with theirs. We must help wives and husbands minister within their marriages and share and embody the gospel to one another.
A fellow Army wife told me how she wanted to quit church after suffering a miscarriage while her husband was deployed. From a distance, though, he had turned to God for solace and wanted them both when he returned to attend church together. She reluctantly joined him and to her surprise, found it a place where she could work out her doubts and mend her relationship with God.
This tension is not unique to the military. Faith can drift for many different reasons. At church, married couples may not feel comfortable admitting their relationship isn't as "equally yoked" as it once was. We need to speak about this situation from the pulpit, to continually acknowledge the pressures our marriages face, to keep both spouses from falling away from Christian community.
As we recognize Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10 and enjoy a three-day weekend for Memorial Day, consider taking some time to pray for our military service members and their families. And while you're at it, pray for all couples in your midst who need to be spiritually united once again.