Imagine the scene with me.
You are having a conversation with a friend you know and love. It’s an enjoyable one, as all such conversations are with this person. You talk about the weather, the games over the weekend, and how things are at work. Then, almost casually, your friend turns the talk to a shocking subject:
“I really like you. But I don’t like your wife that much. She’s sort of ugly and frankly not that much fun to be around.”
Can you imagine? Can you imagine the arrogance it takes to make such a statement? Can you imagine the hubris? Can you imagine the audacity to be there in your presence and to give such an outright criticism about your spouse?
I wonder if maybe – just maybe – Jesus ever feels that way when we make flippant statements like, “I love Jesus, but I don’t care that much for the church.”
Absurd. That’s His wife. And we would do well to be careful when talking about a man’s wife.