Friday, July 21, 2006

Christie and Peter...

How does she do it? Christie Brinkley, I mean. She’s as gorgeous today as she was when she first started pitching Cover Girl cosmetics d-d-d-d-decades ago. What do you want to bet there’s a Dorian Gray-like portrait that looks just like Nanny McPhee collecting dust in her spacious Southampton attic?

So imagine the collective shock rifting though the community of 40- and 50-something’s… as we fixed our collagen-starved orbs on for the latest on the Middle East crisis… only to find that Christie and Peter had seized the moment!

Peter Cheats on Christie… with a Teen!

For those of us feeling more like Nanny and less like Christie… there was a piercing pang of sympathy for Christie… that boomeranged instantly into something more personal.

Whoa. If it could happen to her… it could happen to me!

With this smack-you-upside-the-head insight, I moved my decidedly un-super-model-like body from the computer room to the master bath where I took a penetrating investigative look at my 44-year-old face.

Definitely more like Nanny than Christie… where did my chin go, anyway? It used to be there! Where did it go? Chin! Chin! Come out! Come out! Wherever you are!!

Freaked out and suddenly concerned about who my husband encounters in the bagel line at work… I did what any self-respecting menopausal woman of a certain age should do… I went to the Bible. I figured the Creator of the Universe might be willing to shed some light on Peter and Christie… and Sarah and Todd… and all of you, for that matter. And indeed He has!

“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.”

Proverbs 5:18 (NIV)

Many a man, perhaps, has taken this to mean “rejoice in your young wife.” Guys, that's some funky grammar. God established marriage… played out as a life-long union… between one man and one woman... as the nucleus of the family. Imagine if God had given us a twist. Let’s say God gave the sons of Adam carte blanche to flit from woman to woman as their desire waxed and waned. Once a wife became familiar or began to lose the bloom of youth, she was tossed aside like a day-old bagel. This would obviously be a murky and troubling condition for women. The lady gets a few droops and dimples and it’s time to go out and kick some new tires. How would you like to live your life like a toner cartridge… just waiting to be replaced?

Praise God! His admonition to men is to hang with their brides from youth to beyond… forever! And He is quite specific in terms of warning the guys about problems along the way:

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire and greed, which is idolatry.”

Colossians 3:5

God didn’t use girly man language to make this point. I don’t hear Kenny G or Precious and Few in the background. Put it to death! God said put to death… whatever belongs to your earthly nature… sexual immorality… impurity… lust… evil desire…

Rub it out! Snuff it! Swiffer it up! Zout it out!

Now, why do you suppose God takes this all so seriously? There’s a website that covers this subject better than I. Please see for a hair-raising walk across the consequences of sexual sin.

Back to Christie and Peter. To be fair: we don’t know all the facts. Peter’s been tried and hung by the media and will no doubt have a hard time hosting the next neighborhood block party. For all I know, he is getting smeared. It’s possible?

Even if he did dally with a woman who probably still plays with Bratz, it is incumbent upon Christians to view this situation as scripture teaches and models. Did God pull back His love from David? There were consequences, for sure. But God hung in there with him. What about the woman the Pharisees wanted to stone? How about the lady at the well? How did Jesus respond? With compassion, forgiveness and mercy. With love.

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23

If he did cheat on his wife, Peter is not unique. Not because there are plenty of other men (and women) who stray. But because sin takes many avenues and forms. And who is to say that the person who cheats on his income tax is any better, morally, than the person who cheats on his wife.

"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is
guilty of breaking all of it."

James 2:10

Sin is sin.

Which is why we need a Savior... (See in order: Romans 6:23, Romans 6:8, Ephesians 2:8, John 14:6).

So guys and gals. How about it? Unmasked sin can be devastatingly harmful, destructive and, well, flat-out humiliating.

You have to ask yourself: Is it worth it?


Anonymous said...

excellent blog, sara! you are very real, truly genuine! writings made me laugh and smile and knod! :-)

Sarah Onderdonk said...

thanks, anon :)