6 "None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the LORD. 7 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 8 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife; it is your father's nakedness. 9 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether brought up in the family or in another home. 10 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son's daughter or of your daughter's daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness. 11 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, brought up in your father's family, since she is your sister. 12 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is your father's relative. 13 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister, for she is your mother's relative. 14 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt. 15 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 16 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness. 17 You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and of her daughter, and you shall not take her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are relatives; it is depravity. 18 And you shall not take a woman as a rival wife to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive (Leviticus 17:6-18, English Standard Version).
Dear E. Jean: My mother is an attractive, interesting woman who reads ELLE and The Economist, dresses fashionably, and maintains a petite size 2 frame. Recently, I found out that my 39-year-old husband (of 14 years) has been having sex with her when he attends conferences at the resort near where she lives. When he told me, I was bothered by the fact that it didn't bother me.
He's a wonderful man—father to our two children and a good provider—and he's always taken care of me emotionally, sexually, and financially. I know I should be upset; I know I should feel betrayed on so many levels. But I just don't. He says he enjoys the relationship with her but will stop if it's what I want.
Honestly, if my mother and husband are happy in their affair, I just can't seem to find the energy to be angry or jealous. So my question is: Is this normal? Should I be upset? —No Talent for the Conniption Fit
Actually, make that four…E. Jean calls evil good:
My Dear Miss Conniption: For 20 years, the world's most attractive idiots, unrequited lovers, and chafing milksops (including myself) have babbled in this column about "unconditional love." You are—astoundingly—the first to live it.
So…no. I'm not going to advise you to feel "upset." Instead, I'm popping open a bottle of prosecco and raising my glass to you, Conniption! You've found what so many seek: True love, like true joy, comes when you wish your beloved free, and when you get out of your own head.
No talent for the Conniption Fit, perhaps a more simple biblical quote will make it clear you should throw a conniption fit:
You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14).
E. Jean, these two quotes are for you:
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32, emphasis mine).
No, I am not saying we should stone any or all of the four people involved in this case study in perversion…but I will take the Bible's advice over Elle’s any day. As harsh as this post may seem, I pray all four will find the truth so the truth can set them free (see John 8:31-32).