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May 03, 2005

Runaway Morality

We’ve wondered about this, too.

Could we have an explanation concerning the failure of the Baptist church in Duluth, Georgia, to make any reference at all to the fact that the Runaway Bride and her Live-in Groom shared a home without the benefit of marriage?

In all of the newscasts that I saw on the story here in Atlanta, the fact that the marriage had been consummated before the wedding was presented as commonplace. We’ve come to expect that of popular culture, but we’d like to believe that evangelical churches would require a bit more from their Sunday school teachers.

UPDATE: I may have called this one too quickly, if Mason, the fiance, is being straight. Hannity interviewed him last night. Her'e an excerpt:

HANNITY: Now, she had just basically moved her stuff into your place.

MASON: Yes. Over the last months and weeks and whatever, she'd just kind of moved stuff down. And she would kind of started staying the night at the house. It was just convenience more than anything else.

Our relationship from that standpoint is still very pure. We have not broken the sanctity of marriage yet, if that's the right way of putting it. In God's eyes, our relationship is still very pure.

But we did sleep under the same roof from time-to-time and that has come up this week. And I know that that's been a question on a lot of people's minds. But we weren't technically living together.


Posted by Jim at May 3, 2005 07:52 AM

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I had thought the same thing, however -- and hopefully the groom is to be believed -- when intierviewed on Sean Hannity's show last night, he stated that they had not made their pre-marital relationship "impure" and were waiting until marriage.

I am fascinated by the thought that if she hadn't been "cracked" by the Albuquerque police, would she have admitted her lies ? Maybe she childishly thought she would just be reunited to her ecstatic family and gain the spotlight and sympathy of the nation.

but on another point ... how about preaching on how many commandments the runaway bride broke in her act ?

1. Thou Shalt have no other gods ... she made herself her own god ... unaccountable to no one ... so she thought.

2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image ... same as previous ... she made herself into her own graven (or craven!) image.

3. Thou shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain ... this is a good one, although I do not know how much she throws around "I love the Lord", "the Lord was faithful" etc., like her family members and future inlaws do, but somehow I am skeptical that she does. By doing what she did, she diminishes those words put out by the family and friends, as well as trivializes the heartfelt prayers that they and others around the country were offering up for her safety, when she was the god of her own safety.

4. remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy ... she had her last premarital counselling session on the Sunday before she left, and knowing that she had already purchased the getaway ticket, but appeared at the counselling session all happy and excited according to the pastor.

5. Honor your father and your mother ... not only did she not confide in either her mother and stepfather or father and stepmother, but she LIED by not confiding. She abused them by giving them the fear of something dreadful having happened to her, and put them out of probably thousands of dollars of wedding expenses that will not be recuped. And causing them anguished prayers. Not to mention the wholesale embarrassment they would have to go through when the truth was learned.

Also under this commandment is the betrayal of the law enforcement authorities, and causing abuse and expense to them.

6. Thou shall not murder ... could the murder of the spirit and happiness of friends and family fall into this commandment ? Wasn't she endangering murdering the love that her family and friends had for her ?

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery ... even if it is true that by living together they were not outright committing adultery, it would certainly cause people to be skeptical like me. And by deceiving her fiance, it is adultery of trust.

8. Thou shalt not steal ... Boy is this an easy one ... stealing financially from her family .. stealing from the taxpayers ... stealing time from the searchers, those in authority as well as volunteers.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness ... Lied about being kidnapped, by an hispanic man and white woman

10. Thou shalt not covet ... whether intentional or not, she seems to have coveted attention ,,, now onlyl to realize that the attention she mostly is receiving is not favorable.

Posted by: Cyndi from Texas at May 3, 2005 11:19 AM

There is a statement on the church's website. I actually went to church there a few times and used to work across the street from the church. It seems like a good place.

I guess they all felt the heat to explain the cohabitation situation. I'm glad they did.

Here is the link to the church:

Peachtree Corners Baptist Church

Posted by: Mike in Atlanta at May 3, 2005 09:12 PM