Friday, December 11, 2009

A Friend in Jesus (Not)

There is something wrongly amusing about watching the dynamiting of a relationship that the accomplices assert their god tells them is holy, sanctified, and should be honored (and most importantly exclusive), especially when they violate the living daylights out of its claimed principles. And I am not talking about the errant professional athlete of the hour (whose life activities have no bearing on mine), but the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford. It appears the governor's godly misses has had enough of him, as if the whole soul mate extravaganza this summer did not tell us what we already knew was going to happen.

Jenny Sanford: 'I am now filing for divorce'

First Lady Jenny Sanford issued a statement this morning saying she is filing for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford.

The news comes the same week as Gov. Sanford was censured but spared impeachment by a House subcommittee investigating allegations that Sanford misused campaign money, state planes and other assets. Those allegations came to light after the governor secretly left the state for five days in June to visit his Argentine lover.

Mark Sanford said Thursday that he still hoped to save his marriage. "There are hopes to reconcile." 
The two-term, Republican governor made his comments a day after his estranged wife appeared on Barbara Walters’ ABC special on the 10 most fascinating people of 2009.

In that interview, recorded earlier, Jenny Sanford was asked if their 20-year marriage would survive. "I think the hurdles are significant," she replied.

Jenny Sanford went on to say she had forgiven her husband, but forgetting was another matter.

Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that he did not watch the interview.

Jenny Sanford and the couple’s four sons left the Governor’s Mansion this summer and moved to the family’s Sullivans Island home, leaving Mark Sanford in Columbia.

Jenny Sanford’s statement says:

"As so many of us know, the dissolution of any marriage is a sad and painful process. It is also a very personal and private one. Because Mark and I are public figures, we have naturally had less privacy with which to deal with our difficulties than do other couples. Indeed, I know it will soon become known so I choose to release this brief notice that I am now filing for divorce. This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation, yet I am still dedicated to keeping the process that lies ahead peaceful for our family.

"I remain thankful to so many across this state and nation for their words of encouragement and prayers during this difficult time. Please know the boys and I are doing well and are blessed with the incredible support of friends and family and bolstered by our faith and the unfailing love of our God above."

The real irony in this is that these two profess to the skies their love of Christ. Of course, if they bothered to live by the principles they claim to believe in, they would know that Christ prohibits Appalachian trail hunts in South America and looks down upon divorce. Here, I will allow everyone's most favored carpenter to have his say on the matter.

Hebrews 13:4: "Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous." 

Matthew 5:28: "But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." 

Matthew 5:32: "But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery." 

Mark 10:11-12: "And he said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.'"

Revelation 21:8: "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." 

Corinthians 7:1-40: "Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control...."

That is pretty unambiguous language. Look at it this way, Jenny.  In between your new book deal and future as aggrieved ex, you are not committing adultery to get a divorce from your amorous husband, but according to your scripture, which you refer to constantly, you are going to burn in hell if you ever re-marry.

And to think, these are the kinds of folks who tell us that gays and lesbians should not be allowed to get get married. You want to feel sorry for these people? Just remember this the next time when they tell us about the holiness of marriage and how they want us to pray for them.

Well, actually, now that I think about it, I will be praying, to Athena, for their sons to have campus events like this....

That is, so long as they do not end up like Senator Craig or Representative Foley.

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