Coincidentally after I wrote my Proverbs 18:22 post, David Platt, popular pastor of a megachurch in the south had just given a sermon on the same subject a day before:
I can’t help but notice the irony of a dude who looks like he’s 14 years old telling men to grow up. Far from being a “radical” message, this is a familiar tune in many churches today, where pastors constantly berate and rebuke the men of the congregation to stop being little boys and start marrying up.
For balance though, Platt does offer this particularly sound advice to the women:
Profound. Apparently women don’t need to do anything after all. Odd considering I had previously written a post pointing out that women themselves were also putting off marriage for as long as they could. So David, what’s a guy to do when he does want to get married, but gets nuclearly rejected by women who are still trying to “find themselves?”
Ever consider maybe, just maybe, the problem isn’t only with the men?
I find it intriguing that Platt appears to use Proverbs 18:22 precisely the same way I was reading it until I realized I had been misinterpreting the verse the whole time. Apparently 3 theology degrees still isn’t enough to give one the skills to properly exegete Scripture. Go figure.
Platt also has this insightful advice for handling rejection:
“If she rejects you, then make that as easy as possible for her, humbly bow out and seek somewhere else.”
Make that as easy as possible for her, because only her feelings matter. *face palm*
Nothing about prayer, nothing about seeking the Lord’s will FIRST in everything, no suggestions on where and how to meet women, no effort to create ministries for singles looking to get married, no admonishment to the women for putting off marriage themselves or rejecting men for flighty reasons such as him not having blue eyes, nope, nothing of the sort.
The unspoken assertion here is that the only thing, literally the ONLY ISSUE involving dating, courtship and getting married for Christians today is that men play videos games too much. I’m sure every woman in Platt’s church tithed a bit more than usual due to their itching ears being tickled silly after that service.
I find it a bit taxing to believe the Holy Spirit would have inspired Platt here to give such a one-sided sermon, especially one that involved poor exegesis of Scripture and a baffling lack of discernment. And this guy pastors a huge church?
Hey Platt, since you’re so big on giving, how about you give away your pastorship to someone who actually knows what he’s talking about? Now THAT would be radical.