Dear Ms. HeartBeat:
I met a woman recently who needed help, she was stranded at a bus stop and I gave her a ride to a train station. There was some good vibes, and strong attraction, and I asked for her number. The issue is, she wants me to go to church, and that’s the only way I can hope to connect with her. I don’t have anything against religion, but I’m not that kind of person. This is the second time I’ve met a Black woman who told me I had to go through Jesus to get to know her. And the thing is, she only became religious recently (her own words), and now I’m expected to have to be on the same thing? I really like her, or I wouldn’t be asking for dating advice. Should I just ditch her?
Dear Non-Religious Man:
This reminds me of the joke where a guy was in his house and warning of a flood approaching. Police came by to evacuate the residents. He said “no, I am going to stay because God is going to save me!” So then the flood came. With water up to his knees he is standing there. Some people come by in a boat to save him and he sends them away saying “no, God is going to save me.” So then the water rises and he ends up on the roof of his house. A helicopter comes by to save him but he says “no, God is going to save me!” So then he drowns. When he gets to the Pearly Gates he is angry. “God, you were supposed to save me!” And God looks at him like he is crazy and says “What the hell are you talking about? I sent you a car, a boat and a helicopter! Damn!”
LOL!!! So to me, her behavior is just amazing. I talk about this type of thing in my book The Black Church Where Women Pray and Men Prey, delving into the minds of women that lose out on loving relationships and marriage with their Mr. Right because they insist on this “he gotta go to church with me” thing.
I mean, I could see it if all the men (or even the majority) of men in churches were Mr. Perfects, and all (or even the majority) of men outside of churches were all Mr. Dog. But we all know there are dogs in and out of black churches, and Mr. Perfects in and out of black churches as well. So I really don’t understand what the big deal is if a church-going black woman meets a man that refuses to go to church, as long as that man treats her respectfully, loves and honors her, and has other values that would make her happy in a relationship with him.
And people want to come quoting Scripture talking about “that is what God says we are supposed to do!” GTFOH with that mess. You don’t do crap else “God says” which is why your butts are having babies right and left and ain’t never seen a wedding gown, fornicating every time you think about it, lying cheating and stealing too. So why do you all wanna get all sanctified when it comes to this ONE issue?
Lastly, its always those folks that ‘found religion’ recently that are the most uptight and rigid about it. They don’t understand that one’s religious beliefs should be a part of YOUR life, but you do not have to jam it down the throats of everyone you meet, especially men. Don’t they look around and see how few single marriageable men are in black churches? That alone should tell them that they are on the wrong path if a husband and family is what they seek. Ladies, get real!
Bottom line here for you is this: You are a grown man that knows who and what you are, and you are very comfortable with who and what you are. You know that going to church is not something you want to do. So stay true to yourself.
If going to church is not who you are, sir, then you would be right to leave her alone. It’s just like if you met a woman that smoked crack or was a drunk and insisted that you smoke crack or drink too! The fact that she cannot separate herself and her beliefs from a man and his beliefs while respecting the difference makes you two incompatible. There is something she needs right now that she is getting from church. We don’t know what that is, but she seems very dependent upon it, which makes her a poor choice for a mate.
A grown man should never be required to go through Jesus, a pastor or hundreds of people in a congregation just have the opportunity to TALK to a woman he wants to get to know better. It’s not like you are trying to marry her, you just want to get to know her.
Sheesh. I’m over here SMH. With all the women clamoring for God to send them a husband, when the possibility is dropped in your lap and kindness is shown you by a complete stranger, that would seem to be a message. Yet, she like the man that ultimate drowned, is ignoring the gift being sent to her. What a dummy she is.
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