A President and a Prophet: Four Case Studies (when husbands and wives have different views)

When husbands and wives have different views: Reality and fiction…

In recent news, First Lady Laura Bush shares her thoughts on aboriton in her memoriors. She is pro-choice, her husband President George W. Bush is prolife.  

In her new memoir, Laura Bush writes of her abortion views, “We are a nation of different generations and beliefs, seeing issues through different eras and different eyes. While cherishing life, I have always believed that abortion is a private decision, and there, no one can walk in anyone else’s shoes.”

Link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/28/AR2010042800118.html

My Uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was prolife prophet.  His wife Coretta Scott King was pro-choice. More information on their views is availabe on my website www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican in the MLK PDF on the home page. Uncle Martin said: “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the future of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety.” His wife accepted the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Award in his name.

Also, there are two televison shows currently running, Flash Forward and The Good Wife… In Flash Forward, the wife of the hero is opposed to his fight to save the world. She wants him to abandon his quest and run away with her and their daughter to seek their safety. In other words, she is in opposition to his vision.

In Good Wife, the verdict isn’t in yet. He cheated on her, she hasn’t divorced him, yet. We don’t know if she has his back or not…

I guess the point I’m making here is that when wives support their husbands’ vision, this is in line with the Bible… Women being made for the men, wives being helpmeets, wives submitting themselves to their husbands. I know this is controversial… But women have so much power, and there are so many examples of how battles are won, or lost when the two do not agree or when they do… More to come later…

One Response to “A President and a Prophet: Four Case Studies (when husbands and wives have different views)”

  1. Jeff says:

    This is an interesting post, and these differences set the stage for tension in the relationship, although I’d be more inclined to say the wife’s role is to support the husband publicly when that husband is in a role with visibility in the world. I think it’s okay for her to have a differing opinion personally, and if Mrs. Bush kept her personal beliefs private while he was in office, I think she took the most appropriate path.

    You probably didn’t mean it this way, but I don’t think God wanted women to be bound to their husbands positions, but respecting his role in the family, supporting him where appropriate, and allowing her to have her own path when the differences didn’t conflict in a public way.

    Love your posts – they make me think.

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