The Cross and the Jukebox: You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)

Russell Moore
Russell Moore

The Cross and the Jukebox

What does Loretta Lynn have to say to the Internet pornography scourge in our churches? Well, maybe more than you think.

It seems that every single week I find myself talking to another married couple being ripped apart by the power of porn. In most cases, it's the husband who is captivated by this, and in most cases it's been going on for a long, long time. In a lot of these cases the wives blame themselves, or allow their husbands to blame them. They think the problem is that they've gained weight or gotten busy with the kids or just aren't as sexy as they used to be, or whatever. I have never once seen this to be the case. The problem is with the man's flight into a fantasy, a fantasy designed to break down the one-flesh union. And this is a temptation every human person is susceptible to.

Moreover, I've seen lots of women who believe that submission to their husbands means a kind of powerlessness, a silent suffering in the face of even the most pervasive addiction to this kind of fantasy. I disagree.

So what does this have to do with Loretta Lynn? This week's episode of "The Cross and the Jukebox" looks at Miss Lynn's famous song of outrage about cheating. In it she confronts the real issue: the illusions of fantasy, and she commits herself to stand and fight for her man, her marriage, herself.

In this week's discussion, we look at how much of this kind of outrage ought to show up in threatened Christian marriages, and what the limits of submission are when a union is jeopardized by something that's just not "woman enough" to be true, good, or beautiful.

Originally published February 14, 2011.

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