In 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul explains why Christians shouldn’t get romantically entangled with someone who doesn’t share their deepest values. Every year it seems that I have to hammer this into students’ heads. They’re involved in foolish relationships and they just can’t get (or refuse to get) why it’s a bad idea.
So I was thrilled to stumble upon Chris Rock’s Bigger and Blacker special on Comedy Central. He had a bit that expressed the underlying logic beautifully (if you are familiar at all with Mr. Rock’s work you will be unsurprised to hear that I have edited the text slightly for family-friendliness):
Whatever you into, your woman gotta be into, too, and vice versa… or the [thing] ain’t gonna work. lt ain’t gonna work.
That’s right. lf you born-again, your woman gotta be born-again, too.
lf you a crackhead, your woman gotta be a crackhead, too… or the [thing] won’t work.
You can’t be like, ”l’m going to church, where you going?” ”Hit the pipe!”
That relationship ain’t going nowhere.
Two crackheads can stay together forever.
Students take note. When stand-up theologians and stand-up comedians make the same arguments you know your position is indefensible.