“If he will cheat with you he will cheat on you.” (Oprah Winfrey)
“A vow of chastity is more easily broken than a cheap condom.” (A Planned Parenthood Spokeswoman in Jamaica years ago, name forgotten)
If you are not prepared to think critically with me, go no further with this piece.
The embarrassment that you may register that a conservative clergyman such as I claim to be would quote Oprah is insulting to Oprah and the result of instinctive but flawed reasoning. In fact, the reasoning is what we call in philosophy the genetic fallacy or more popularly the source/product mistake.
The fact that Oprah may not be (for you a sanctified child of God) your kind of author/speaker does not mean that she cannot ever make good sense in what she says. This fallacy is behind the opposition that some Christians have with using any of Bob Marley’s music in a religious setting.
At the risk of losing the few genuine friends I have and irritating some people I maintain that I couldn’t care less if ‘a demon from the pit of hell’ invented glasses I would still thank God that they are available for my old compromised sight!
It is puzzling or more so downright sub-rational or silly for a person who is cheating to think that a cheater with you will show strict fidelity to you. Yu a wah suh!! No seriously.
Oprah is dead right, check out (do FBI work on) your history as one who has cheated if you dare. Ok, I am scandalous, sinful even, but the blood of Jesus cleanses from all sin, including mine!
Ages ago when I heard that Planned Parenthood spokeswoman, instinctively I was annoyed and then my brain quickly chipped in and I was forced to admit the wisdom of her uncomfortable maxim. How many of us after sincerely vowing to God, have had to sing, ‘Grace that is greater than all my sin’? Not a few of us if we are honest to God but many, yea, all of us.
Think critically, always!