The ole stats have been low of late ( 😉 ), so thought I’d post something to make you sit up and pay attention…! Couldn’t quite decide if this was number 3 of this series as technically the first one I called ‘Mark II ‘ was a cop out, then secondly I posted an edited version of the original post so anyway… 2.5…
Was chatting to a married friend recently who was articulating some of the things I have long felt niggling at the back of my mind about Christian men. It was a breath of fresh air to hear her talk so freely about some of the wrong attitudes men appear to have when it comes to dating because you see, the problem with being single is that sometimes you lose your voice.
It was okay for her to comment on the tendancy of Christian men to choose partners first (if not wholly) on consideration of physical attractiveness before going on to consider character; it was okay for her to comment on how often Christian men shy away from any woman who could hold her own in a debate (theological or otherwise), build her own flat-pack furniture or earn a greater salary than he. It was okay for her because its clear that she’s speaking up for others as she herself is happily married.
Somehow it doesn’t feel okay for me to say those things. Somehow it sounds self-serving and bitter and sad. In my worse moments, perhaps it is self-serving and bitter, but in the depths of my gut I truly long for men and women to know and love each other as God has made them. Too often women feel the need to lose weight, buy clothes, shut up, dumb down in order to be considered as dateable never mind marriagable. Too often we’re compelled to be someone other than our true selves.
I don’t just long for that for women, this is not just a ‘women’s issue’. I also long that men would so set aside their own fear of not matching up to the world’s standards in their relationships and achievements that they could truly begin to live in love and partnership with women.
But I’d never say that without great fear and trepidation because the problem with being single is that sometimes you lose your voice.