This is a guest post from Christine Pack of the Sola Sisters blog.
According to a recent article, disgraced NBC talk show host Matt Lauer allegedly communicated to a friend that he had been blindsided by harassment allegations made against him by a fellow NBC employee because he had assumed that the sexual contact between them had been “consensual.” By his comment, Lauer revealed his deep misunderstanding of what the covenant of marriage involves (e.g., fidelity to one’s spouse).
So to be clear: The God of the Bible was the One who created marriage.
Which means that:
The Hindu gods did not institute marriage.
Buddhism did not institute marriage.
Islam did not institute marriage.
Taoism did not institute marriage.
Atheism did not institute marriage.
The world system of power/weakness and predator/prey did not institute marriage.
“Then the man said, ‘This, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23-24)
Marriage was instituted by the God of the Bible and was ordained by Him to be a monogamous lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. Marriage, as instituted by God, is right and good, and contributes to the flourishing and the stability of families and cultures.
The “marriage” between Matt Lauer and his wife was not really a marriage at all. It was allegedly an understanding of sorts between an unrepentant serial adulterer who lived apart from his family for the majority of the time and a long-suffering heartbroken wife.
However, before my fellow Christians start piling on Matt Lauer here or give in to the temptation to look upon him with disdain, let’s please remember that without God’s grace, “such were some of you”…. and me….. and all of us. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace and mercy and cleansing and forgiveness. Please pray for God to use this situation to draw Matt Lauer (and others around him) to Himself. In Christ, there is always hope, even after public humiliation and shaming such as the kind we have witnessed with Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and others. Sometimes the uncovering of secret sin is actually God’s mercy. May that be the case in some of the circumstances we have read of recently. May God have mercy, and may He be magnified and glorified.