In its October 8 issue, CHRISTIANITY TODAY carried the story of Robertson McQuilkin, president of Columbia Bible College and Seminary. In that article, Robertson recounted the story of his wife’s gradual succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

When I read that article, I couldn’t keep back the flow of tears, as my heart ached for my friend and his beloved wife. (You’ll understand that if you have read it; and if you haven’t read it, you ought to.)

Early on, Robertson decided to resign his presidency of the flourishing college and seminary he had nourished for nearly two decades. He chose to care for his wife. It was his privilege and his duty. “Why?” you ask. Because he loved her, and she needed him. Had he not promised many wonderful years ago “to love her and care for her so long as we both shall live”?

But what about the schools and the thousands of young people who would be preparing at Columbia’s college and seminary for worldwide Christian ministries? Did they not have needs as well? But Robertson also believed in the sovereign God of the Bible. Though the need was great, others could be found to continue his work at the schools. Only he could serve his beloved wife, Muriel.

Conviction And Compassion

Thank God for a man like Robertson McQuilkin. I pray that every young woman who marries may find a husband like him, and that every young man who marries may prove to be that kind of husband. To be that kind of spouse takes certain virtues and disciplines. It demands both conviction and compassion, a balanced character. It requires both softness and firmness, a deep sensitivity and empathic power, on the one hand, and a rooted loyalty and resolute love, on ...

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