For the last few months, I have been reading a number of blogs dedicated to fighting the inequality of women in the home and church. Anti-patriarchy blogs. The writers themselves differ: from atheist to Southern Baptist. Though they disagree on theology and how to interpret the Bible, they agree on this issue:
Regardless of the lengths the feminist movement, birthed two hundred years ago has made, women are still in bondage to men. And people (both genders) use religion to keep them there.
Now, before I get written off as a femi-nazi, let me make a few statements that may clarify, or may just confuse things more.
- I believe the writings of Paul (and the rest of the biblical authors) were inspired by God, hence the words reveal the will of God for the intended audience. It takes wisdom to understand the truths that transcend time and culture. And many wise folks will disagree.
- The church is in error when it places its position on gender roles on the same plateau as the gospel. It is the common case of over-balancing on an issue to take a stand against cultural wrongs. Yet, in the stand-taking, things go too far into practical and doctrinal error on said issue.
- My goal is to be conformed to be like Jesus Christ, who humbled himself and became like a servant, and yet defied erring religious norms and raised women out of their societal “place.” He beautifully balanced truth-telling with a gentle spirit. Can I?
- The dearest person to me on this earth is the man I promised to love and obey until I die. It is a promise I intend to keep, and not with my definition of those terms, but his.
- I’m sure, I will humbly change my mind many times before the truth is discovered in the face of God Himself.
And so, my confused thoughts on this topic will be clarified in Women in the Text. I hope!