“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city” (Revelation 22:14).”
Along with others on the medical team, Dr. Taub is treating a female patient who is, as usual on the medical drama “House”, exhibiting unusual symptoms. While treating the woman, Taub learns she is in an “open marriage”, in which she and her husband sleep around.
Taub already has had an affair, but at least gives lip service to faithfulness to his wife now. However, he is tempted by a nurse at the hospital who is obviously attracted to him. While having dinner with his wife, Taub brings up the patient’s open marriage, causing great insecurity in his wife. Taub never discusses patients with his wife, and she wonders why in the world this subject is coming up now.
While diagnosing the patient, Taub and colleague Dr. Hadley discuss the former’s discussion with his wife. Hadley, a woman, tells Taub he has guts to bring up that subject with his wife and that she thinks it is good he did so. She then notes a study she has read which indicates some men have a certain disorder which causes them to be unfaithful.
Hadley tells Taub, “Maybe you’re just one of those guys.” Taub replies sarcastically, “So my cheating is biologically pretermined. That’s good.”
Hadley says, “I thought you’d be relieved. It gets you off the hook.”. Hadley goes on to tell Taub that it’s not good for him or his wife for him to deny his predisposition.
The Bible doesn’t agree with the esteemed Dr. Hadley’s diagnosis of her colleague Taub, except that it does say humans all have a disorder. It’s called sin. It’s our inward inclination to break God’s rules and go against His order for our lives.
There are a multitude of sins Taub is committing in this episode, including the obvious ones of lust and unfaithfulness to his wife. There’s one other sin that has not been mentioned so far, however: Taub is a workaholic. Instead of being home with his wife, he spends all his time at the hospital working for the renowned Dr. House.
King David of Israel had the opposite problem. He was lounging around his palace when he should have been at work, out on the battlefield fighting wars. Instead, his idleness led him to his roof, which led him to gaze on someone else’s wife bathing ( a soldier’s wife who was out fighting). David’s intentional staring led to sending for the man’s wife, (prerogative of kings), which led to adultery, which led to a pregnancy, which led to the murder of the husband (II Samuel 11:1-16).
Neither David nor Taub had a biological issue, except for wandering eyes. Those eye problems came from the erring heart, which is never satisfied (Proverbs 27:20).
It didn’t help them that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, either. Taub for one should have been at home more, developing his fractured relationship with his wife (Proverbs 27:8).
In the scope of eternity, we had better make sure we are in the right place at the right time. One day we either will or won’t recieve an invitation to the marriage supper of Jesus, where he will take His people to Himself forever. James Dobson, noted pyschologist, said to his son to “be there” when the book of life is opened during this period. If we’re smart, we will be there too (Revelation 19:9; 20:15).
As I entered the coffee shop to write this entry today, a man behind me was building a model ship with his elementary school-aged son. Here was a man in the right place at the right time.
My son just called and wondered when I’m coming home. He wants to play a game with me. It’s time to clean up my own act and go home where I belong.