After my last post Okrahead had a great comment. I asked him to expand into a guest post. It’s very good.
GW commented on Dalrock, and was then addressed by Cane, on the issue of young Christian women “whoring around,” and whther are not “loving Christian fathers” are okay with it; as Cane observed GW’s “coup de grace” was that this is “foolish and worldly talk.”
This statement caused me to reflect on what “foolish and worldly talk” really is in relation to what many churches teach young women today. First, we need to be aware of what wise and spiritual talking is so we can tell the difference. In Titus 2 the apostle Paul commands that the older women are to “teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children. To be discreet, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.” (Titus 2:4, 5) In 1 Timothy 5 Paul addresses some young widows who apparently wanted to be strong, independent women who didn’t need a man, ordering them “I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some have already turned aside after Satan.” (I Tim. 5:14, 15)
What I find striking is that Paul specifically forbids the actions and attitudes that lead to the lifestyle of “finding herself”, or as Dalrock wryly noted, the “season of singleness.” Paul describes young women who pursue the “season of singleness” as following Satan, even though they were members of the church.
What then might truly be foolish and worldly talk? Foolish and worldly talk, as practiced in many churches today, as I have seen and heard first hand, is encouraging young women to put off marriage for college and career. If a young woman loses her virginity at 17 on prom night the members of her church may act mildly embarrassed and titter, but few see it as a real problem. If a young woman from that same church stays a virgin until her wedding night at age 18 the church will be scandalized; especially if she is a bright and pretty girl with “good college prospects.” This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk, as I have seen and heard first hand in churches I have attended, is when Christian fathers send their 18 year old daughters off alone to a college campus in a far off city where they will be surrounded by sexual immorality and expected to join in with the general bacchanalia. She may be drunk and passed out in a frat house, but at least she’s in college and unmarried. This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk, as I have seen first hand, is churches that discourage young Christians from getting married because they “aren’t ready yet,” and who mock Christian families who have “too many” children, often with snide remarks such as “don’t they know what causes that yet?” It would be unthinkable in these churches to criticize a “godly single mother” who has a brood of bastards in tow when she shows up looking for a handout, but a young married woman who has never asked a dime of anyone at the church is fair game for ridicule because she and her husband believe that children are a gift from the Lord. Truly, they call good evil and evil good. This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk is the practice by some Christian fathers of teaching their daughters from an early age that they must get as much education as possible, and advance their careers as far as possible, because there is no way that they can count on their future husbands to support them; because these good Christian fathers just know deep down that all those awful young men are going to leave their daughters destitute and abandon them, so it is imperative in them to inculcate distrust and disrespect for their daughters’ future Christian husbands as early as possible. I have seen this one up close and personal; the fall out is more ugly than I can describe, but he was a good Christian father so what can I say? This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk is the good Christian father, who together with his good Christian wife, calls their good Christian teenage daughter in and tells her how much they really, really trust her; but just to be on the safe side they are putting her on the pill. They know she’ll always make good choices, but just in case she doesn’t, the pill will be there to save her. This goes on at pretty much every evangelical church I’ve ever seen. This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk is defending the practice of sending your daughter to a public high school where the school counselor will provide her with condoms and advice on the best ways to be sodomized; and where the English teacher she really admires and looks up to is also sponsor for the gay-straight alliance club, and will happily introduce her to a cute lesbian just her age. Of course this never happens at your local public high school; just some far off place. I see good Christian fathers sending their good Christian sons and daughters to those places right now. This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk is defending the fact that you sent your daughter to prom dressed as a high dollar hooker. Or defending the fact that you rented her a hotel room for her after party so that she would be in a “safe place.” Because after all, you really, really trust her, but just in case she makes a mistake, at least she’s on the pill, and is headed off to a good college next fall and is definitely not getting married any time soon. I have seen all this first hand for more than thirty years now, going back to when I was a teen and so many of my good Christian friends had these wonderful experiences provided by their parents. This is foolish and worldly.
Foolish and worldly talk is members of the church mocking young women who somehow find the strength to resist the culture and set their hearts and souls to follow Paul’s admonitions. Good Christian men and women, men and women with whom I prayed and sang hymns, mocking that strange young woman who has a head covering, who married young and never got to go to college, who has four or five young children, who makes a public show of being deferential and respectful to her husband. She’s so odd. I wonder if she’ll show up in a prairie jumper next week? It’s so sad that she missed out on life. This is what their own good Christian daughters here them say of such a woman. God forgive me, in ignorance I did so as well. No more. Because this is foolish and worldly.