I was going through the YouVersion Bible app a few days ago and looking over the “marriage” courses. This is an app that has over 100,000,000 downloads so it’s pretty popular among Christians and well worth talking about. What I found was depressing.
- Over 90% of them had at least 7 days of daily devotionals with 0 (yes, that is right… ZERO) mentions of any of the Biblical marital roles and responsibilities verses. This includes Genesis 1-3, Proverbs 31 & rest of Proverbs on husbands and wives, Ephesians 5, Colossians 3, 1 Peter 3, Titus 2, 1 Corinthians 7, etc. A full 3/4th of these even had verses from Ephesians 1-4 but conveniently ignored Ephesians 5.
- Of the rest of the 10% only 1 (yes, that is right… ONE) did not include the “mutual submission” verse when going over Ephesians 5. That singular 1 only covered Ephesians 5 and didn’t talk about any of the other marriage verses.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. I’ve gone through several marriage books like Love and Respect and some others and they almost always dance around the marital Scriptures. We can discuss love and respect, but we can’t discuss headship and submission. Heh.
You wanna know why marriages are so crap? Christians are too scared to talk about God’s design and why it makes for holy and happy marriages. They all implicitly suggest that the world is more important than God.
And of course the video that came out right a few days after I wrote this post… that has been making the rounds:
Fits this post altogether. Christians are going for the MeVersion of marriage instead of the GodVersion.