Marriage is not a contract. It is a covenant.
Rachel Marsden preemptively defends Rick Perry in case the fishing expedition to find a sexual liaison finds something of substance. Her editorial is completely wicked and depraved. Those of us old enough to remember the Clinton sex scandals of 1992 and 1998 remember conservatives arguing that Clinton was unqualified to be President because he broke his sacred marriage vows. This column does not belong on conservative TownHall.
Now, we do have to keep in mind that there are false accusations, such as the smears against Nikki Haley in 2010. We should be immediately suspicious of allegations against Perry because of the fact that Leftists are openly looking for people to claim they had sex with him.
Let's examine her arguments a little deeper. Marsden says that we and our spouses change over time and sometimes those changes cannot be reconciled. Who is to say that a change in personality is different from a change in appearance? After all, everyone gets older. Is a husband justified in playing the whore because his wife puts on a few pounds or develops some wrinkles? What about men who gain a pot belly and lose their hair - going gray in what they have left?
Marriage is a picture of Christ's relationship with the Church. Will Jesus Christ abandon His church? Would it be OK for the church to abandon worship of the God who died for our sins to worship the demons Moloch and Gaia? Jesus preached an intense sermon in Matthew 19 against divorce. Marriage is not a contract subject to termination on a whim. Scripture lays out very specific clauses for escaping the marriage covenant, and those are very limited. If a man's wife cannot trust that he will not leave her for younger flesh, then how can we as voters trust that politician?
There is a reason that idolatry is so closely tied to adultery throughout Scripture. Suggesting that adultery is OK is terribly wicked. Saying that a married politician who cheats on his wife before leaving her for another is comparable to someone test driving a new car before selling their old one is damnable. Again, if a man's wife cannot trust him, how can the voters? How do we know his word on tax reform or entitlement reform can be trusted when he casually breaks a covenant made before God?
Yes, people fail. People sin. King David, a man after God's own heart, committed adultery and then murdered his close friend to cover it up. The fact that someone fell into sin would not keep me from voting for him, provided he is truly repentant for his wicked actions - as King David obviously was in his Psalms of confession. Churches are filled with broken sinners who need to grace of Jesus Christ. The reason to go to the cross is not because you are good, but because you are evil and you have no hope apart from the unmerited grace and mercy of our Lord.
But forgiveness and mercy do not make wickedness and depravity OK. Failing and repenting is fine. Casually brushing aside wickedness and betrayal as something that is OK because "we are all human" is not anywhere close to fine.