Jump directly to the content
Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idolsjujumediazone / Flickr

Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols


May 22 2014
Our pledges belong to the Heavenly Father, not our earthly ones.

Karen Allen Campbell quotes purity ball organizers as wanting to set up "an impregnable wall of fathers" that would, presumably, stand between young women and sexual sin. But that's not how sin works—other people can't block it out for us. It comes from the heart. And that's why young women should be taught to stand against sin themselves, not to expect someone else to do it for them.

The problems we've seen here—father as bridegroom, and father as idol—are what I think a lot of people sensed in these photos. The healthiest and most God-honoring relationships between father and daughter happen when a father and daughter are not doing some sort of idolatrous role play, but simply being a father and daughter. (I think of what might happen if my dad and I attempted to do a dramatic, stone-faced pose in prom outfits in front of a haystack, and I realize it would never work, because we would both fall over laughing.)

By all means, fathers should treat their daughters with tenderness and respect. But that includes entrusting them to God and knowing that, no matter how much their daughters love and look up to them, they themselves are not to be their daughter's gods.

To add a comment you need to be a registered user or Christianity Today subscriber.

orSubscribeor
More from Her.menutics
Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership

Why Singles Belong in Church Leadership

Unmarried ministers offer a unique understanding of devotion to Christ alone.
Not Another Charity Case

Not Another Charity Case

Violence against women calls for an immediate, institution-wide response from Christians.
Confessions of a Cosplay Mom

Confessions of a Cosplay Mom

How this Christian parent learned to embrace the wacky Comic-Con scene.
The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'

The Stereotypical Christians of 'Orange Is the New Black'

The series’ groundbreaking diversity disappoints in the realm of religion.
Include results from Christianity Today
Browse Archives:

So Hot Right Now

Good Sex Comes to Those Who Wait?

Hook-up sex v. married sex: A warning about incentivizing abstinence with personal pleasure.

What We're Reading

CT eBooks and Bible Studies

Christianity Today
Daddy Dearest: How Purity Culture Can Turn Fathers into Idols