Cuckoo’s are diabolical parasites. The video below shows what happens after a cuckoo egg is laid in a Warbler’s nest.
The cuckoo chick ejects the real offspring so it can take their place. The truly disturbing part is that the parents care for the cuckoo as if it were their own. They have no idea the real chicks were pushed out by the fake, no matter how absurd it looks at the end of the video as the small warblers continue to feed the giant cuckoo as if it were a warbler chick.
The same thing has happened to huge numbers of Christians. We adopted the philosophy of courtly love, which is ironically itself a celebration of adultery, as if it were from God. How many even remember what was there before the parasite pushed out the real thing? As C.S. Lewis explains in The Allegory of Love:
French poets, in the eleventh century, discovered or invented, or were the first to express, that romantic species of passion which English poets were still writing about in the nineteenth. They effected a change which has left no corner of our ethics, our imagination, or our daily life untouched, and they erected impassable barriers between us and the classical past or the Oriental present. Compared with this revolution the Renaissance is a mere ripple on the surface of literature.
This is why we have Christians teaching that romance sanctifies sex, and speaking of God honoring romance. You can see the same thing in the three part series on 50SOG at the Stepping Up® blog, with the implicit assumption that women’s sexuality is inherently pure and focused on “romance”.
It also shows up in the comments to the second post of the series. A 16 year old boy replies that unlike young men of the world he knows what God has taught Christian men to do; Christian men are to practice chivalry by opening doors for women, as God commands (emphasis mine):
As a 16 year old teen. I am often faced with choices that effect the kind of man i will be. At times my friends can persecute me for setting such high standards. I have made it my goal to respect and honor women for the true creation that they are as Gods daughters. Not just objects of my desire. In this age of time women have learned that men have fallen weak. To many women have to open their own doors. To many women have to raise their own kids. To many women disrespect themselves. It is our job as men to teach them to respect themselves. You should see the faces of the women i open doors for. We can make a big difference. As a 16 year old teen i am often assumed to be a disrespectful brat. But i have shown people that is not the case with me. Despite what this world will do i will follow Jesus in the way he would want me to follow him. I will treat women as God would want me to. If i a 16 year old teen can do this so can any man. Thank you guys for what you do praying for you.
The blog host replied (emphasis mine):
Keep stepping up, Kyle. And keep being a godly example for your friends and all us guys.