Wednesday, October 7, 2009


A few thoughts in response to David Letterman's on-TV disclosure of affairs with some of his Late Night staff 

This is no defense of David Letterman or his behavior.  But I keep in mind:
  • Letterman has never made any pretension of being Christian or of upholding Christian values.

  • He married just this spring after over 10 years of a more-or-less monogamous relationship (obviously somewhat less).

  • He's lived his life getting laughs for making light of serious stuff and pushing the edge in any way permissible (egged on by adoring audiences).

  • Once it was clear what he described as his own "creepy" behavior was going to cause harm to himself and his loved ones, instead of covering it up or excusing it, he came out with it publicly and straightforwardly (unlike so many others, even in Christian circles).

  • I was watching the night he made his statement (unaware what he was doing) and I think the audience laughed more out of not knowing what was coming, what to do, or how else to respond. I don't think their laughter and applause was somehow excusing or supporting his "creepy" behavior.  They were there for levity; they got an unexpected jolt of reality. They laughed nervously, it seems to me, somehow trying to support someone doing/saying something very difficult and awkward. 
MARRIAGE MONOGAMY STANDS.  Is this one more assault on monogamy in marriage, a signal of its unraveling?  I don't think so.  I don't think Letterman or America has rejected the idea of monogamy. It is still the norm, even outside Christian profession or values observance. Letterman's subsequent apology to his wife, child and staff, and the public humiliation and pain he's experiencing, along with his self-confessed determination to try to salvage his marriage, makes it clear that, whether he or anyone else likes it or not, monogamy in marriage is undiminished as a bedrock of meaningful adult relationships in this culture.

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    1 comment:

    1. The act's sinfulness is demonstrated by how much pain it has created. God created us to relate man-to-woman in a certain way; deviations from that way create pain.

      I do commend Letterman for being honest, but would he have been that open if he was not being blackmailed?

      Sin is still sin. There is only one remedy for a sinsick world.

      So call me old fashioned!


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