This isn’t a pitting of divorce/remarriage or anybody in particular but an honest question. Since it’s on a religious/political topic however I’ll put it here.
I’ve never understood this double standard and I’m seeing a lot of it this year. I know many people who support McCain in part because of his stance on gay marriage (which isn’t that different from Obama’s) and abortion among other issues, and in Georgia they used to support Bob Barr and others who preached against it from the [del]pulpit[/del] capitol as well. John Hagee gets cheers whenever he brings up passing Constitutional amendments defining marriage as “one man/one woman”.
Jesus never said jack about gay marriage- it was admittedly just not something that anyone discussed much at the time (save perhaps in the court of a few mad emperors). However, in all three synoptic Gospels (and for perspective the three synoptic Gospels disagree on Jesus’s genealogy and on the details of his birth and what his last words were and the order of his miracles, etc.) Jesus specifically preaches against remarriage after a divorce, at least while the ex-spouse is still alive, and goes so far as to call it adultery. Now while it’s true he preaches forgiveness of sin, he also says that repentance is more than words- Matthew for example is ordered to return the money he skimmed as a tax collector- thus it would make sense that if you really were repentant for adultery-divorce then you’d return to your ex-spouse. (Herod Antipas was most certainly told to return to his former wife by John the Baptist, and Herodias was told to return to the first uncle she married.)
I know so many Christians who are against gay marriage and pro “Family Values” and even use this as an excuse for why they are voting McCain, ignoring that McCain is an adulterer who divorced his first wife, married his mistress, and lives with her still. (This is not a McCain pitting- it’s immaterial to me whether he’s married to his first wife or his tenth, it’s his political stances that matter to me and not his personal life.) John Hagee, Bob Barr, Newt Gingrich and so many others who are pro “family values” and “sanctity of marriage”- same story- adulterers/divorced/remarried, all in direct violations of the words of Christ himself. For that matter some of the most anti-gay marriage folk I know (and living in AL that’s a lot) are on their second or third or whatever marriages.
Hypocrisy is nothing new, but does anybody know how people can justify such a BLATANT discrepancy? I’ve tried to start discussions on it but most people won’t talk about it. Is it that they haven’t READ the New Testament and it’s ignorance?
Again, I’m irreligious and have absolutely nothing against divorce- I’m all for it in fact. No sense remaining in a relationship if you’re miserable. BUT then I’m not “pro marital sanctity” amendment (aka “anti judges legislating policy”) either.
Any theories as to how people get past this seeming obstacle? Or why people who divorce and remarry don’t encounter a lot more condemnation from the religious conservatives? It’s hardly ever railed against any more.