Traditional african and christian response to separation and divorce as a family problem
Traditional African and Christian response to separation and divorce as a family problem:-Separation is a state in which a husband and wife decide to live different lives away from each other after serious disagreement as they look for solutions to their problems.- Divorce is a complete dissolution of a marriage. -Separation and divorce in traditional African communities are highly discouraged. However divorce may be allowed under certain circumstances such as adultery, witchcraft, laziness and cruelty.- Marriage is expected to last forever. -It is a community affair and a wife belongs to the clan therefore divorce is discouraged.- In circumstances where divorce is allowed, the wife’s family may have to return the bride-wealth to the husband’s family. -Divorce or separation is not allowed by the church because it has a negative effect on the children.- They need to grow up under the care of both parents because each parent has a contribution to make in the overall development.-The Bible does not encourage separation or divorce.- Jesus however, allowed divorce on the account of unfaithfulness. -Christian families and marriages are expected to last forever “for better or worse until death do us part” Where problems arise in a Christian marriage they should be sorted out amicably in Christian love.-The couple should seek reconciliation and peace.- They should pray for their problems and ask God to intervene.