In the wake of Pat Robertson's comments this past week on the legitimacy of divorcing a spouse with Alzheimers, my thoughts went to another Robertson--Robertson McQuilkin, the former president of Columbia International University who resigned from his position in 1990 to care for his wife Muriel who was suffering from Alzheimers. McQuilkin's motivation for resigning from his job to care for his spouse was a basic commitment to his marriage vows ("in sickness and in health") made 40 years before. Such radical, counter cultural commitment to the sanctity of marriage is one reason that McQuilkin is one of my heroes. A few years ago, Christianity Today did an extended interview with McQuilkin and Day of Discovery has also captured their story in a moving video.
We should pay attention to Robertson (McQuilkin) on Alzheimers and marriage.