My heroine for Fairlawn, my WIP, is divorced. And I know going in that I’ll encounter some resistance from some readers because I’ve chosen to put her in that condition.
But I’m going to go ahead with my plan for several reasons: 1) Divorce is common in our society, even in Christian families. My hubby and I serve in a church filled with divorced families–in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find that no-divorce families are in the minority.
2) Jesus did say that divorce was allowed in the case of adultery, and while I’ve never been one that would urge couples to divorce quickly, I do think it’s permissible if one party refuses to reconcile and adultery has occurred. Furthermore, once one of the parties remarries, adultery has definitely occurred, so the remaining spouse is free.
3). Christian fiction seems to have an overabundance of widows . . . and in the real world, most single mothers are single because of divorce.
I don’t like divorce, I don’t encourage it, but I think my writing has to reflect the world around me. So–my heroine is going to be in the “moving on” stage after a divorce. Her former spouse has remarried, leaving her free to get on with her life and try to make a home for herself and her sons.
I’m a member of a theological loop that has discussed divorce extensively, and we’ve come to the conclusion that divorce should never be quick or undertaken without an attempt at reconciliation. Divorce almost always occurs because of a hard heart, and no one can deny that hard hearts are part of the human condition. So my as yet unnamed-heroine will find herself in that condition, and part of the struggle will be seeing how she rises above her sadness and makes a new life for herself.