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On Pat Robertson, Alzheimer’s, and Marriage

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/us/pat-robertson-remarks-on-alzheimers-stir-passions.html

In case you haven’t heard, Pat Robertson yet again said something controversial. I know, big surprise, right?

Basically, his argument (as I understand it) is that if someone’s spouse has Alzheimer’s, divorce is ok, as Alzheimer’s is inevitably fatal and the healthy spouse needs companionship. Where’d he come up with that idea?

To be clear, I don’t think anyone argues how painful it is to watch loved ones age, especially if they have a disease like Alzheimer’s. It has to be one of the worst things ever to see your spouse succumb to such an illness. Divorce can’t seem like that bad of an option when things are terrible and a person desires the companionship of another.

Regardless of the circumstances, I think Robertson’s stance is, in many ways, awfully un-Biblical. One of the most read passages at virtually any wedding is 1 Corinthians 13, which mentions that love “is not self-seeking.” One person divorcing another for the sake of their own companionship sure doesn’t sound very loving, especially in the face of a horrible disease. And what about Paul’s words in Ephesians 5: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church…” Christ loved the church to the point of death and hell, taking on the sin of all humankind for all time. Undoubtedly, that’s a high standard for husbands to live up to, but it’s what God intended for marriage, in spite of any illness, difficulty, or anything else.

What do you think?

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