Husband Lying to Wife About Video Game Console Purchase Another Example of How Being Married Does Not Make A Person More Mature or Ethical
Many conservative Christians believe and teach that marriage (and parenting) makes people grow up and mature. Which is bunk. The Bible teaches no such thing, and real life experience bears it out. Plenty of people who marry and have children remain self absorbed, irresponsible, selfish, and immature.
Here’s an example of how marriage does not make a person more mature or ethical.
If you are a Christian running around believing or teaching the horrid stereotype that singles who are single past the age of 25 are immature, selfish dweebs, and that marriage is some kind of requirement to mature a man, please explain to me how the husband in the following marriage is displaying morality or maturity, because I am not seeing those qualities.
“Ask Amy” news paper advice column (I have additional comments below this Ask Amy letter):
Ask Amy: My husband lied and said he won his new game console
Posted Oct 16, 2014
- DEAR AMY:
- I got a phone call from a video game store telling me that my husband had won a new game console.
- I called my husband, and he picked up his prize.
- I found out that my husband hadn’t won a contest. He conspired with the assistant store manager to deceive me. It turns out he paid for the console but didn’t want me to know.
- When I confronted him about the lie, he denied it, even after I had proof.
- After finally admitting it, he flipped it on me and said that because I couldn’t afford to buy him a nice birthday gift, he had the store call me about the contest in hopes that I would pick up the game system and pass it off as a gift from me. Now he won’t speak to me or have anything to do with me.
- Shouldn’t I be the one who is angry because of his lies and deceit?
- All Played Out
I am not seeing how being married magically transformed this woman’s husband into an honest, ethical, un-selfish person.
As you can see under the “related posts” section below, one problem Christians create when they teach “marriage and parenthood” as sanctifiers, or as supposed necessities for developing maturity, is that they create more problems for Christians and society.
A person can be 40 years old, never married, childless, and yet still treated like a teenager by the larger Christian culture. Singles at the ages of 30, 40, and older are often barred from leading or serving in churches in a meaningful way.
As one editorial explains, some single women, who are age teen to 20s, may dress in a provocative manner or start fornicating to “prove” to themselves and other adults that they are in fact adults.
That is, Christians send the message that to “truly” be a full fledged adult, one must marry and have a baby (and the implication is that having sexual activity is what makes a person an adult).
So, what are unmarried, childless (and celibate) 18 year old women to do, or unmarried, childless (and celibate) men and women who are age 25, 35, 45, 55 or older?
How do they “prove” that they are in fact just as “adult,” grown up, responsible and mature as your average 60 year old, married- with- kids couple?
Not that single, childless, and/or celibate adults should “have” to prove to anyone, including Christians, that they are in fact just as mature as married people or as parents, but I am only noting that by considering being married a barometer of maturity, Christians “hose” and disrespect those adults who never marry, and tend to treat single, celibate, and/or childless adults like second-class citizens.
Evangelicals, Reformed, Fundamentalists, and Baptists do not offer any criteria along these lines for adult singles.
Someone can arrive to age 40 (or older) without every having married (and no kids), but the church and wider Christian culture offers them no reassurance that yes, they are just as every bit grown-up, mature, and responsible as the 60 year old, married- with- kids couples.
Conservative Christians of many stripes in the United States INSIST you marry and pop out a child to demonstrate to them, to God, and to the world, that you are officially a “grown up.”
The Bible teaches no such thing. The Bible no where presents baby making or marriage as necessities to be made holy or to become mature.
(Link) : How Christians Have Failed on Teaching Maturity and Morality Vis A Vis Marriage / Parenthood – Used as Markers of Maturity Or Assumed to be Sanctifiers – Also: More Hypocrisy – Christians Teach You Need A Spouse to Be Purified, But Also Teach God Won’t Send You a Spouse Until You Become Purified
(Link) : Extremist Muslims Like Family Values Too – Muslims are joining ISIS / ISIL (extremist Islamic group) because they believe it supports “Family Values” – When Christianity and Islam sound alike
(Link) : “Who is my mother and who are my brothers?” – one of the most excellent Christian rebuttals I have seen against the Christian idolatry of marriage and natalism, and in support of adult singleness and celibacy – from CBE’s site