Elsie and Tucker was a couple in a church. Tucker was active and a leader in the church. Elsie was slightly moody, and strict with the children. They had a young daughter. Cheryl and Ken was another couple. Both were new believers. Ken was quiet and polite. Cheryl was vivacious and friendly with everyone. They had a young son.
One day Tucker declared that he was in love with Cheryl, and he was no longer in love with his wife. He asked for understanding from Elsie, and a divorce. He said it was not because of Cheryl that he wanted to divorce Elsie. He felt they were not right for each other even before he fell in love with Cheryl. But now he simply could not be without Cheryl. He was seeking a amiable divorce.
Cheryl did not make any public declarations but did not contradict Tucker either. Privately she made it clear that she wanted to divorce Ken, but did not say explicitly that she would be with Tucker. She wanted to keep her son.
The preacher and other church leaders tried to convince Tucker that he was making a mistake. They pleaded with Tucker to pull back before going to far, to try to repair his relations with Elsie. Elsie was, of course, deeply hurt but willing to forgive him should he decided to return. Tucker declared that there was now no turning back. He said he loved his daughter and did not wish to hurt Elsie. He would try his best to part amiably and to minimize the damage to Elsie and his daughter. He believed that he could achieve it if the church did not interfere.
It was a tell-tale sign that Tucker refused to pray with the leaders of the church.
This was a case that we discussed in our weekly Bible Study Group this week. We were studying Matthew chapter 5, verses 27 to 32, on adultery. What do you think of it? Should Tucker follow his heart to go with Cheryl? Or to return to Elsie whom he does not love anymore? What should Cheryl do?