Pat Robertson’s Word – Propinquity to Justify Petraeus’ Adultery

Is There Justified Adultery?

Okay, I’ve gotta vent.  Any other time I am agreeing with my grandpa, Pat Robertson, but today I’m feeling a certain type of way. It seems as though he’s excusing CIA director, General David Petraeus adultery with mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell.

  • He was off in a foreign land and was lonely
  • She’s a hot mamma and was throwing herself at him
  • She is an extremely good looking woman
  • She is a marathon runner so she is out running with him
  • She is writing his biography

I mean, c’mon  he is a man.

This is something my husband can say to his barber shop buddies, certainly out of ear shot of me lest there be hell to pay!  Another thing is the world seems to minimize the effects of betrayal calling it a soft word like ‘an affair’ but the Bible refers to it as “Adultery.” Thou shall NOT commit Adultery.

Pat Robertson stated that there seemed to be some ‘propinquity‘ going on.

Propinquity –  factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people. In other words, they seemed to have a lot in common: lonely, runners, working on the biography together. hmmmm….

Rainer’s comments to the point, NOT excusing behavior.

Thomas Rainer, President of Lifeway Christian Resources wrote an excellent post entitled, “Adultery and Leadership.”.  In my opinion, Rainer does a great job in “Slam – Dunkin” society’s attempt to normalize adultery in order to get us to buy into the fact that everybody’s doing It.   And it’s only a matter of time before you will be apart of the ranks.

I’ve highlight a few of his comments bearing to be repeated.

  • Rainer addresses the myth that adultery is a private matter.  He indicates that adultery is NOT a private matter. A lot of people get hurt in the wake of exposed adultery.
  • Rainer addresses the myth that It’s Endemic to All Great Leaders. WHAT?#&! I love this paragraph as Rainer helps us to not get things twisted about this topic. It is NOT Endemic of Great Leaders. He further states what Adultery is NOT.  For example, it’s NOT a sign of strength, but a sign of weakness.
  • Lastly, Rainer deals with the myth that It’s a Matter of Triumph.  He addresses the subject head-on.  It’s not a matter of conquest, but simply put, it’s a matter of ‘FAILED’ trust.  He emphasizes that it really is a BIG deal because FAILED Trust is FAILED leadership.

In summary, all I have to say is that it is one thing for the world to glorify adultery as a matter of triumph or personal conquest; it’s a whole other thing for representatives of the church to do it  ‘publicly’ in a form of minimizing its effects.  I have to admit, Pat Robertson’s comments made me second guess his fidelity.

Regarding Pat Robertson’s one word description, “Propinquity’ I have this to say, perhaps we all need to purchase Andy Stanley’s video series on “Guardrails.”

Do you believe that even the church normalizes adultery?


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7 thoughts on “Pat Robertson’s Word – Propinquity to Justify Petraeus’ Adultery

  1. Jesus said at one time he that is without fault cast the first stone.
    Concerning what Pastor Pat Roberts said. For me it is neither here nor there.
    Why do I sat this?
    You judge a tree by the fruit it bears. Every seed will produce after its kind. Just the word ADULTERY speaks volumes. ” SEXUAL UNFAITHFULNESS” One of the best ways to judge such an act would be– Ask some one who have been a victim. Ask the mother who had to raise two children alone because the husband decided not only to commit adultery, but to leave her for the other woman. Ask the children who are now grown how it destroyed their life. Ask the wife who walked in on her husband in the very act. Ask the husband who raised a child he knew was not his, after he was married.

    Does the end ever justify the means. A friend of mine will tell you it goes both ways. What is good for one should be good for another. A co-worker told me years ago. He was married for thirty years, and had a mistress for thirty years. He came to the conclusion that he destroyed two women livess. He never left his wife, and the mistress never left him. She would cry and tell him that she devoted her youth to him. Now she is old and alone, he is still with his wife.

    Again, I am not passing judgement. But I will ask another question WAS IT WORTH THE PAIN THAT A FEW MINUTES HAS COST? Regardless of how fast the lady was. After experiencing the aftermath of such interaction. If he knew what he knows now, if the runner did catch up with him, regardless of how sexy she was. He would have beat her off of him. He would have a physical assault charge.

    Speaking of “GUARDRAILS”– The Bible says if any one lack wisdom let him ask of God who gives liberally. Some things you would think is just “COMMON SENSE”- My Mother and I was talking today about the women who was on tv. Their significant others brought aids home. Many women / men have allowed the lust of the flesh to make a life altering decision that has destroyed not only their lives. They have destroyed the lives of those who loved them. The bottom line is- SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE.

    Speaking again of “GUARDRAILS” – Denying the flesh is the best ANTIDOTE!!!!!

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