5 reasons why Mike Pence's marriage rule is right on
Vice-President Mike Pence has been in the spotlight this week after a feature on his wife Karen Pence revealed some personal details of their devoted marriage. Karen Pence told the Washington Post that VP Pence doesn’t dine out alone with other women and while at parties with alcohol, his wife is either with him or he doesn’t attend. The comments sparked comments from all sorts of pundits, bloggers and news outlets surprised by the claims, yet likely convicted by his stance for integrity. It’s a policy the Rev. Billy Graham was known for and a best practice policy for anyone who wants to safeguard their marriage and honor their spouse.
I believe Pence's policy is a best practice for a number of reasons:
An example for others to follow. I think of the old saying, “Be like Mike,” referring to Michael Jordan of course, but I think it can apply. Pence's life is constantly in the spotlight first as governor of Indiana, now as Vice-President of the United States. As a public servant he needs to set an example.
Appearance of evil. Even when there are no intentions otherwise, the Bible tells us to avoid even the appearance of evil. God calls his servants to live above reproach and to be blameless. The appearance of being out alone with another woman, can give people the wrong impression, even when the intentions were pure. Avoiding these types of situations can keep anyone out of what could become a sticky situation.
It’s a safeguard. Mike should be commended for protecting his marriage from intruders as well as protecting his own heart. Proverbs teaches, above all things, to guard your heart, because out of it flow the issues of life. Eating alone with another woman isn't wise, can give the wrong impression, and isn't neccessary.
The golden rule. Pence is practicing what he preaches. If you wouldn’t want your spouse dining out with the opposite sex and even more so with a powerful and influential person of the opposite sex, you shouldn’t either. When we think of how our actions impact others, we are more likely to test our actions and examine ourselves. Following the golden rule in our marriage is something we all need to do.
Rumors. In today’s media saturated culture, the last thing anyone wants is to be the victim of media gone rogue and ensuing rumors that can follow even a real photo taken out in public.