The 700 Club's Pat Robertson's assinine comments about ditching a spouse stricken with severe Alzheimer's has set off a firestorm in the media. Now professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University, Rev. David Gushee is weighing in. "Adultery, abandonment and abuse are the only legitimate reasons to end a marriage," he told Manya Brachear at the Chicago Tribune. Read more when you go inside...
It was important for Gushee to point that out after Robertson claimed divorce is an acceptable solution for a husband debating whether to stay with a wife who has Alzheimer's disease because the disease is like "a kind of death."
USA Today reported on what useful and more biblically accurate things Rev. Gushee had to offer up.
Because marriage vows apply "in sickness and in health," Gushee said a more pastoral response would be to connect that spouse with caretakers and other resources to help him carry those vows to the end.
"That would be a meaningful Christian witness to other people," Gushee said. "It's the kind of thing God blesses. There is a certain sublime beauty that can come out of those situations."
If couples didn't stick with each other and stay together for always, we wouldn't have wonderful examples like Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher who were married May 13, 1924.
When asked for marriage advice, they said via their Twitter page: "Respect, support & communicate with each other.Be faithful, honest & true. Love each other with ALL of your heart."
Now that's good advice.
While EEW BUZZ editors are relieved that these ill-conceived remarks by Robertson are not being accepted as truth by all, we are still concerned about those hurt by his words--particularly families touched by this disease.
Tell us, what do you think about Gushee's answer about divorce?