Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop whose open and brazenly homosexual lifestyle ripped apart his denomination, announced that he is divorcing his male partner of 25 years.
Robinson made national news when he was elected as the first openly homosexual bishop of the Episcopal church in 2003. In protest, Conservative Episcopalians quit the church and formed the Anglican church in North America.
This is not Robinson’s first divorce. He and his wife, Isabella, were married for 14 years and had two daughters, before their 1986 divorce.
In announcing the divorce from his homosexual partner, Robinson wrote, “It is at least a small comfort to me, as a gay rights and marriage equality advocate, to know that like any marriage, gay and lesbian couples are subject to the same complications and hardships that afflict marriages between heterosexual couples,”
“All of us sincerely intend, when we take our wedding vows, to live up to the ideal of ’till death do us part.” Robinson said. “But not all of us are able to see this through until death indeed parts us.”
Actually, there are a couple of false assumptions in Robinson’s analysis. One sociological. And one scriptural.
In an article by Dustin Suggins from LifeSiteNews.com, he shares the following research.
“A 2004 Family Research Council study showed that only five percent of homosexual couples in America are still together after 20 years, while nearly 58 percent of heterosexuals were still married 20 years after walking down the aisle.”
“Likewise, a Netherlands study has found that the “duration of steady partnerships” typically led to a dissolving of the relationship after less than two years. Similarly, married heterosexual men are far more likely to be loyal to their spouses than homosexual males to their significant others.”
Secondly, Robinson alludes to Jesus’ statement about divorce. But if you read it accurately from the Bible, Jesus is not talking about two homosexual men. Or two lesbian women.
“Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matt 19:4-6)
God joins together one man and one woman. For life. Not two men. Or two women. Actually, Robinson and his partner splitting up is a good thing. Maybe with God’s help he can correct the moral mess he’s made of his life.
Conservative columnist, Cal Thomas, in commenting on Robinson’s announcement, rightly observed, “If there is no objective standard for Truth, or Good, then everything is decided by one’s own compass. We become mini-gods, setting our own boundaries or having none at all.”
“History can teach us what happens to individuals and nations who not only forget, but mock God. Will we learn before we have passed the point of no return, as in Sodom and Gommorah?”
The Old Treatment prophet Isaiah’s words serve as a stern warning for today’s permissive and morally bankrupt culture.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
And prudent in their own sight! ( Isa 5:20-21)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman