ImageAt the beginning of December, the French and international press were all aglow with the news that the French President Nicholas Sarkozy was dating the former model Carla Bruni.  As one who still keeps in touch with my European roots and who regularly reads about the main political events in Europe, I must confess that I was attracted to the politics of Sarkozy and I was very pleased when he won.

The French press has had to handle some interesting situations, such as the fact that Sarkozy is the first French president who divorced as soon as he took the office.  Being the typical romantics, the French were proud of the fact that their president was in love again.  The mother, Mrs. Sarkozy, was brought into the picture, and she remarked that she hoped her son would not marry again because she did not want any more brides.

The French public and politicians accept infidelity and adultery as a normal part of life. President Mitterrand was known to have a wife and a mistress, and the daughter of this mistress was a regular part of the family.  As long as the President does a fine job, we are not involved in his private affairs, the French saying goes.

The candidates on the American scene find themselves in the same predicament.  The party that boasted about their family values has let that concept slip because the majority of their candidates have been married more than once.  Republican darlings Rush Limbaugh and the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich cannot seem to keep their wives. Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Fred Thompson have been married twice and Rudy Giuliani is on his third marriage.

Giuliani is trying to tell the public that we can trust him with the government.  I do not want to doubt his political skills and his ability to govern, but my concern is that he will place his hand on the Bible and take an oath before God.  He has placed his hand on the Bible as he married three brides and taken a vow, which he has broken two times.

Due to the fact that so many people have been divorced and because we have a faulty concept of what it means to judge according to the Scriptures, many people will let it go by.  The common belief in France and in the USA is that what is happening in one’s private life should not affect what is taking place in their public life.

The common practice in the time of King David was for the neighboring kings to take whoever they pleased as a wife.  They were the law.  No one was able to resist them.  In that context what David did with Bathsheba was nothing! After all, he was the king in Israel.  He saw a woman whom he wanted, took her to his palace, had sex with her and she became pregnant.  He tried to manipulate the situation, and since it did not work, he decided to send her husband Uriah to his certain death.

All things went well for David, until we read these startling words: “But the thing David had done displeased the Lord” 2 Sam. 11:27b. 

Nicolas Sarkozy and Rudi Giuliani may be deeply in love with their current partners.  However, their relationship does not take away that verse from the Bible where God speaks: “I hate divorce” Malachi 2:16.  While things that people do in this country and in other countries have reached such commonality that we are no longer bothered by things that were considered evil in the past, God’s truth is still of utmost importance.  We should ask ourselves as Sarkozy and Giuliani need to do: “Is the Lord pleased with my actions?”


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Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan

George Hancock-Stefan

Pastor George Hancock-Stefan completed 30 years as the pastor of the great congregation at Central Baptist Church in Atlantic Highlands in 2020. Those 30 years have been a blessed time for him, his wife...