Saturday, August 21, 2010

#92 Sharing a Knowing Glance

For white Christians that are weak enough to be married, the intimacy of marriage allows them to know virtually every miniscule detail about their mate. While this level of knowledge brings the couple close, it also allows each mate to use this data for their own gain.

When the pastor makes a point, this is prime-time for sharing a knowing glance. A wife turns, raises a single eyebrow, and smirks at husband as if to say, "See??" or "I told you so," or "Remember when you did that exact thing?"

This can go back and forth over any topic, including inside jokes, taking scripture out of context for humorous purposes, or legitimately trying to prove a point to your mate.

Depending on the severity of the connection, the knowing glance may sometimes be accompanied by an "I told you so" smirk or even a gentle elbow nudge to the ribs. If a husband's arm is around his wife, a specific pastor comment might induce a friendly shoulder-rub to communicate that extra level of non-verbal "I'm right."

The ultimate back-and-forth marital knowing glance sermon is when Ephesians 5 roles around. This is a veritable ping-pong match of knowing glances. Undoubtedly, wives will face a knowing glance upon hearing "Wives submit to your husbands." This is the key piece of Biblical evidence that every white Christian husband needs to support his claim that "it's not a big deal" that his dirty socks are piling up on the bedroom floor.

However sweet it is, the husband's victory is short-lived as his temporary gloat-glance is interrupted by the continuation of the passage, "Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church." When this line is uttered, his world crumbles. His wife's knowing glance is radiant. Long before WWJD bracelets, this century's old glance indicated to husbands that, "I'll tell you exactly what Jesus would be doing-picking up his socks off of the bedroom floor!"

1 comment:

TaiPod said...

The Husband and I often share a knowing glance anytime we sing/hear the word "purposes" in a song or text after hearing someone accidentally say "porpoises" one time. For example, when we are reminded that the scripture says of the wicked that their porpoises shall end. Of course, we are both thinking of our deep spiritual need to live the porpoise driven life.