Recently I was mailed a free issue of Chatelaine, a mainline Canadian women’s magazine. Rather than immediately throwing it out, I paged through it and discovered, once again, why I don’t read such magazines.
Besides the general silliness, ungodly attitudes, and shallowness, I found the stupidest advice I’d ever read.
Here’s Chatelaine’s advice to a woman married to a good man, ‘not perfect, but close’.
Even though you love him; though he’s kind and faithful and dear; though he’s your best friend and you’re his; though he will be devastated if you leave; though you can’t imagine life without him; though your friends will be upset; though you said you would stay; though there is nowhere to go; leave him ‘because you want to. Because wanting to is enough.’
Can you imagine any more mindless, absurd advice? It’s not even selfish; it’s downright senseless, meaningless, and ridiculous.
To think that people choose to spend time and money on such drivel boggles the mind.
To think that some foolish women will act on this and leave their kind, faithful, ‘almost perfect’ husbands for no reason makes one weep. Yet I’ve seen women do it.
Truly, when a woman forgets about the Lord and His values, she becomes completely foolish. She tears down her house—her life and her family—with her own hands as Proverbs 14:1 says.
And that is why I have better things to read than such magazines:
- Two chapters of the Bible a day on my own, plus what we read with the family.
- Quality books (many of which I review), articles, and websites.
- The book of Creation, that God spreads out for us so beautifully especially in the spring.
- And the beloved faces of my dear husband, children, relatives, and friends.
As for this magazine, I’m throwing it into the garbage rather than recycling it or passing it on as usual. I’d rather kill a tree than spread such poison. And Chatelaine is by no means the worst of the magazine selections at my grocery store check-out counter.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Chatelaine and have (obviously) expressed my own opinion.