Recently the Associated Press carried a story of a Saudi American man named Saleh-al-Sayeri, who has been married 58 times.  He has not broken any laws in his culture, which allows divorce and allows a man to be married to four women at the same time, but even in his homeland people are questioning his choices.  He has 10 sons, and he thinks he has around 25 daughters.  His divorces have cost him 1.6 million dollars.  He says he has forgotten the names of most of his wives.  Nevertheless, Al-Sayeri describes himself as “The happiest man on earth.”  One can only wonder how happy he might be if he learned to love genuinely.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.