Paul Olliges, of the Morgan and Paul show, is half of the Christian couple duo who post hot takes on YouTube from a “Christian” perspective. And by “hot” they parrot already widely popular conservative views on social and cultural issues that 100% of conservatives already agree with.
Generally, Morgan and Paul don’t have anything thought-provoking, nor Scriptural, to add to whatever they’re talking about. But Morgan has a very pretty voice, great fashion style, and some super cool tattoos so they present as more normal compared to the likes of Girl Defined and they also aren’t scamming people out of money like Brittany Dawn so… it’s something.
Morgan has been very publicly struggling with infertility for the past several years, something Paul (her husband) has neither spoken about, nor publicly supported her in, which I find incredibly odd given Paul is always talking about how people not having kids are the reason the world is ending or something (which it’s shady posting this sort of stuff when you know your wife desperately wants kids…).
Anyway, Paul is upset his random Bible verse he probably pilfered from the Bible app’s verse of the day didn’t get as many retweets as his wife, Morgan, getting pregnant after five years of struggling with infertility.
Granted, critical thinking is often not many a Christians strong point and it seems Paul Olliges is no exception. But it doesn’t take a genius to recognize most people, Christian and non-Christian alike, are excited when new life is brought into the world. Naturally, Morgan’s pregnancy post is going to get a lot of attention, especially considering she’s a public figure. Also, I can legit read the Bible myself – why am I gonna like some rando’s Bible verse on Twitter?
The post reeks of jealously, which envy is one of the 7 deadly sins. However, it also highlights a larger issue I have with the majority of Christian, male influencers, which is that they aren’t at all like Christ, nor do they exemplify Biblical masculinity in the way they should. Yet their wives often uphold them as the pinnacle of masculinity with traits other men should emulate. Much discourse among these “traditional” circles is spent waxing poetic about how women should smile, cook, have sex no matter what, stay home, etc. as if these things are peak femininity when none of this stuff is mentioned in the Bible as things women have to do. Yet, very few of these circles also hold men to high Biblical expectations as it pertains to masculinity, namely God’s command that a leader is one who serves, and that husbands should lay aside their desires and lives for their wives. Paul Olliges doesn’t even have a job and his poor wife was living in a friends basement until recently. Ironically, working is actually something the Bible does command husbands do, even saying, “[b]ut if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Paul hasn’t even bothered posting about his soon-to-be-child either, which as someone who’s repeatedly shamed others for not having more children, you would think his own child would be worth celebrating.
My bro in Christ seems to be like many popular “Christian” social influencers – a conservative cosplaying as a Christian in order to live a certain lifestyle, rather than a genuine Christian interested in becoming more like Jesus and bringing others to Christ. Of course, God only knows Paul’s heart, but from celebrating arsons burning buildings, to whining about vaccines and masks, shaming others for not having more children when he has 0, and whining about having to pay $10 to buy his wife a pizza (like seriously, it’s $10.), he certainly doesn’t exemplify many of the fruits of the spirit publicly. And people usually put on their best face for social media.
Jesus says they will know us by our fruits. Kindness, gentleness, self-control, patience, humility – these traits are evidence of a walk with God. We should expect to see these things in other Christians, particularly from husbands whom are tasked with spiritually leading families. In the absence of good fruit, we should question whether or not someone is really a Christian, or just pretending to be. Jesus instructs us to cut down every tree that doesn’t bear good fruit and to straight up avoid false prophets. As Christians, we should be careful not to support those whom consistently and publicly display behavior opposite of what Christ teaches, especially men whom should lead in displaying Biblical fruit.
No one is perfect and God doesn’t expect us to be. However, scripture also tells us that, “not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” Those who position themselves as bearers of Biblical truth online should expect to be held to high standards.
It’s important to be sober-minded and alert, and above all, knowledgeable of what the Bible actually says and expects of believers. When we know scripture, we’ll easily be able to pick out those whom are simply using Christianity for their own benefit. Paul Olliges really ought to spend less time trying to own the libs and more time trying to bring them to Christ as Jesus did.
That is, after all, what a true Christian would do.