In what could be they next TV drama or a new reality show, “A California school teacher has quit his job and left his wife and kids to move into an apartment with an 18-year-old student less than half his age.” (FoxNews) The story goes on focusing on the fact that he left it all behind and moved into an apartment. It then delves into the battle that the girl’s mother is waging against him.
What strikes me is that the focus of the article is on the abuse of his of authority as a teacher and the age difference. The response from one of the girls at work was “ewww”. My problem is that the issue really should be on his broken vows and the damage to his family. The destroyed marriage and the damage to his kids is not even a footnote in this story. So for me the story is about the story itself. The forsaken vows, the abandoned wife, and the fatherless kids are accepted as a norm and not being worth mentioning in the story.
“Hooker acknowledges the couple hurt a lot of people, but says they decided to follow their hearts.” But he broke his word and does not appear to think he did anything wrong. Apparently “following your heart” means that you rip apart everyone else’s heart. But its all OK, since he is in lust for this young girl. Wait a few years and then their hearts will lead them somewhere else.
“Jordan said she knew that many people did not understand the nature of the relationship.” I understand the relationship. It is the forsaking all the other relationships and the selfishness of the relationship that I have the problem with. Though I have only been married once and only performed a few wedding ceremonies, I am sure I the vows were not, “Till something younger comes along” or “Till you get bored”. I am pretty sure it always has been “Till death do us part”.
“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” James 5:12 (ESV)