A Texas pastor advised young adults to not let secular music and fantasy films mold their view of what love and relationships are.
Advice for young adults
Pastor David Marvin of Watermark Community Church in Dallas has a powerful message about love and relationship for young adults during a sermon last week. The director of The Porch, a young adult-centered ministry, advised young adults not to be discipled by Taylor Swift and Disney on matters about love.
He also mentioned some common mistakes Christians make when dating. The first mistake he noted is believing the “myth” that “happily ever after”exists. And that a dating relationship doesn’t require hardships.
“You’ve been disciplined by Disney from the time that you were 5 years old. It’s true. Messages about fairy tales and love and what to look for in the hero, and they lived happily ever, have been ingrained in your mind and my mind from the very first breath that you took,” Pastor David said.
Love and relationships
He then continued to explain how fairy tales lie when they convey messages about love.
“I love fairy tales. I love a good knight in shining armor. But fairy tales will lie. Fairy tales tell you messages like, ‘Man, if the shoe fits, it’s just going to be perfect.’ ‘You’ll live happily ever after.’ Fairy tales communicate the same storyline. There’s always a damsel in distress. She needs to be rescued, and you’re looking for her and you’re going to be the shining armor.”
The truth is that a loving relationship is not about rescuing somebody and being their savior.
“In dating relationships and in love, you’re not looking for someone who needs to be rescued,” he said. “You’re not looking to be the savior of somebody. You’re looking for a partner in life, not a project that you’re going to rescue.”
Pastor David also mentioned the wrong messages on the love that secular music teaches the young ones.
“Taylor Swift has probably discipled more people on love in the world than anybody else. Just think about all the ways she has shaped [us]. I mean, ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in.’ Then, why did you date him? … Every Taylor Swift song communicates the same thing, ‘He’s bad for me, but I still like it,'” he said.
However, he also emphasized how wonderful and beautiful God designed marriage to be. But it’s not for the broken and not for the fainthearted, because it requires more than just love and affection, it requires surrender.
“Marriage is amazing, but it takes daily work and dying to self,” pastor David said.
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Reference: The Christian Post