"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss, not prosperity." --John Piper

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pat Robertson and Love

I read a few days ago a few posts about Pat Robertson's comment regarding a man who wanted to divorce his wife because she had Alzheimer's. In case you did not hear, Pat Robertson (supposedly, I did not hear the comments myself) said that the man should go ahead and divorce her.

When his co-anchor asked if this broke his wedding vows, Pat responded that vows were "until death do us part, and this is a kind of death."

Does this bother anyone? While I am sure Pat took some heat for this, is this just a non-issue for most folks. Isn't Pat just stating what our itching ears want to hear? Isn't he just stating what most of us practice in some form or another? Isn't he just stating our truth. When the going gets tough, the tough find a loophole or a justification for their actions.

  • We live in time of economic crisis. Will borrowing more money really get us out of this mess?
  • We see the poor and afflicted. What do we do to help them in Jesus' name? Not even a cup of cold water?
  • We make vows to our spouses. We tell them we love them. But when that beauty fades or they are no longer of service to us, we cast them aside. Was not the person we loved really ourselves? As long as we get what we want, we love and stay together. Was that the vow we took?
It is no wonder that non-Christians are not affected by us. We don't clothe ourselves in Christ, we just put on a t-shirt that says, "I love Jesus because saying so gets me into heaven." Problem is, we have never read the back of the shirt. It says, "I wanted to go to heaven, but all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"


Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

Good job on this. Short and impacting. I linked your post to my latest rant. I hope you don't mind.

Spherical said...

Not at all. Thanks for the compliment.

Kansas Bob said...

I liked what you said at my place about Pat's advice.

I guess what I want to hear from ministers is something that calls me up.. something that challenges me to love in an extraordinary way. I know many people who do and I am thankful that not all sink to worldly pragmatic advice such as the stuff Pat gave.