Pat Robertson aid this week that it’s acceptable for the husband of a woman with Alzheimer’s to divorce his wife because of her illness.
That didn’t sit well with Russell Moore of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Robertson’s statement, Moore writes, is “more than an embarrassment. This is more than cruelty. This is a repudiation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Joni Eareckson Tada has also weighed in and you can read it by clicking below.
A Statement by Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO,
Joni and Friends International Disability Center on Pat Robertson’s comment on Divorce and Alzheimer’s
SEPT. 15, 2011 – “Any marriage has its challenges, but add a serious disability and they can, at times, seem overwhelming. This is why God instituted marriage as a lifelong commitment – Heaven knows it requires vows, solemn and serious, to weather a couple through the demands of disability.
“I was dismayed when this week Pat Robertson said to a nationwide audience that Alzheimer’s disease is a kind of death that makes divorce justifiable. When a Christian leader views marriage on a sliding scale, what does this say to the millions of couples who must deal daily with catastrophic injuries and illnesses?
“At the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we encounter thousands of couples who, despite living with serious disabling conditions, showcase the grace of God in their weakness every day. Marriage is designed to be a picture of God’s sacrificial love for us. Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage; it falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer’s, this means God’s unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together!”