There is a strange power in the cross of Jesus Christ. Bloody, indelicate, crude and nauseating though it was, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ has power even today. As Christian witnesses, our responsibility is not to promote "easy living" throughout the world, nor to bring a certain psychological release for mankind's guilt feelings; rather it is to uplift the cross of Christ.
There is one other interesting point to be considered. Mark also has a discussion of this issue (in Mark 10:1-12), but the exception clause that has been the cause of so much controversy does not appear in Mark. Matthew is the only gospel that has it. Why is that? Some liberal commentators (and even some conservative ones) argue that Mark’s...