I never really made the connection until now.
All of the notions that much of the modern Church peddles and believes in regard to getting married for women are in a sense another warped form of prosperity gospel.
- “Never settle”
- “God will bring you a husband”
- “Men should pursue after women”
- “It will happen in the right time”
In other words, God will bring you a husband in the right time that pursues you and meets the your standards (not God’s standards) if you follow Him.
It’s the same thing with the regular prosperity gospel. Instead of God providing all your needs (e.g. food and clothing in Matthew 6), He’ll provide you with worldly prosperity for following him: financial or material richness. A husband is but an extension of this “material richness” as we all live in a material world.
God is reduced to a cosmic vending machine, and a husband is but a object vended out to a woman. A status object that makes her life better by doing things for her.
I supposed the true irony is that you don’t have to change anything about yourself, any responsibilities, or even have to consider the future needs or desires of your potential husband. When all of these things actually make you a more attractive prospect that men would want to ask out.