One of the most searched for phrases that leads people to my website is “what is man crush monday?”. Twitter and Instagram have made the hashtags #mcm and #wcw quite popular, and while there are a few people out there trying to figure out what on earth it is, others are well-aware, and quite actively participating.
While my other post addressed the danger in Christian women having any man crush that isn’t their husband, today’s topic is one that pains me to even have to write. Why do we, within the blood-bought institution that is Christ’s body, use the hashtag #wcw?! Why would we ever, as Christian women, have woman crushes?!
Here’s what I know: some people post their best friend, or a role model, or a celebrity they think is awesome. I get it. It is justifiable within our brains. But within scripture? I just don’t think it is.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-23 says this: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I don’t particularly enjoy being a stick in the mud all the time, but I think this is worthy of breaking down. One, we are to hold fast to good things. Women having crushes on women isn’t a good thing (Rom. 1:26-27). Two, we are to abstain from even the appearance of evil. Women having crushes on women looks like homosexuality (or at least a tolerance of it), both of which activities God abhors (1 Cor. 6:8-9, 1 Cor. 5). Three, we are to be sanctified wholly. Women having crushes on women looks exactly like the world, regardless of how innocent our #wcw post was supposed to be, and God doesn’t desire that for His children (2 Cor. 6:17-18, 7:1).
Yes, #wcw is a cultural fad. Yes, #wcw can seem innocent enough. But being a Christian means being held to a higher standard. Being God’s child means letting go of culture and laying hold of holiness; letting go of innocent enough and laying hold of actual innocence.
Why not start our own wholesome, Christ-like trends on social media, rather than buying into the world’s? I know of a great podcast that challenges us every week, as God’s people, to create a better internet. Why not do things that bring God glory, instead of blending in with a world who mocks Him and ignores Him?
So as God’s women, let’s all agree once and for all to stop having woman crush wednesday. No cutesy hashtag is worth staining our souls.