This week on his television show Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson said a man would be morally justified to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s disease in order to marry another woman. The dementia-riddled wife is, Robertson said, “not there” anymore. This is more than an embarrassment. This is more than cruelty. This is a repudiation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Moore carefully unpacks why Pat Robertson’s words are so vile.
But he ends with a beautiful picture:
Jesus tells us he is present in the weak, the vulnerable, the useless. He is there in the least of these (Matt. 25:31-46). Somewhere out there right now, a man is wiping the drool from an 85 year-old woman who flinches because she think he’s a stranger. No television cameras are around. No politicians are seeking a meeting with them.
But the gospel is there. Jesus is there.
And I would add, somewhere out there is a dad taking care of his adult disabled son, wiping drool from his face, making sure he is clean and fed, never receiving a thank you in return or even acknowledgment that it matters. But the father never quits loving his child.
Is that not like how God the Father treats us?