. . . because sometimes you have to throw a flag on your own team.
RBC Ministries publishes a daily devotion guide called Our Daily Bread that is popular among evangelicals. I was introduced to it in high school myself and have used it off and on for some 27 years, more consistently so since I’ve had children with whom we have daily scripture reading.
In its commentary on Romans 5, the January 7, 2011 devotion began:
I read these words on a young woman’s personal Web site: “I just want to be loved—and he has to be amazing!”
Isn’t that what we all want—to be loved, to feel cared for by someone? And so much the better if he or she is amazing!
The one who fits that description most fully is Jesus Christ. In a display of unprecedented love, He left His Father in heaven and came to earth as the baby we celebrate at Christmas . . . .
and on in like vein.
Where to start?
Truth be told, I don’t have daily devotions to have every tick of my social critique reinforced. And it may be that I have eaten too much of the tree of knowledge for my own good.
Really? Are you seriously telling me that you read this expression of the culture’s license to unbridled female hypergamy and the only reaction you could muster is, “oh, look, what a cool metaphor for Jesus!” Because if that’s the extent of your cultural engagement, if “don’t fornicate” is truly the limit of your moral imagination, then frankly, you will have deserved your own irrelevancy.