Women: We aren’t Church Dogs!

This is an idea that I can and will live without.

Warning: If you are the lord over women, I suggest you turn the page.

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Put my name in the draft once you are able to naturally conceive, carry, and rip a you-know-who out of a you-know-where. Yep, go ahead. C’mon, do we really have to go tit for tat? Strap up your saddles boys. I am on the same level as you in God’s playing field. I got saved by Him. I was made holy by Him. I grow through Him. He welcomed me into His family. I will one day answer to Him, not you.

First of all:

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Women are in the world. There are a lot of different kinds of folks there…

Romans 10:13

13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

That includes women. It doesn’t end in unless. It doesn’t say ask your man for permission first.

Galatians 3:28

28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

His work was good enough. Good luck on the whole, “God, I was better, faster, smarter, holier, more called than them,” conversation.

Galatians 4:7

7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

This doesn’t say unless you are a woman. It doesn’t say that women are second class.

Acts 10:34

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

Shut your Mouth and Submit!!!

Big Bad Ephesians 5

A letter to one ancient church, from a man living in that time.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Did we miss this part? One to another. That is reverence to Christ. Not only women to men. You all see it right here…

22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Here are the instructions that we get stuck on. It doesn’t end here. They are under different cultural norms and political climate. Whatever should a woman do if she didn’t have a head?

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy,cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”

Love their wives as their own body. One. Equal. It is funny how strikingly similar these scriptures sound.

 Mark 12:30-31

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Hmmm… Love your wife as your body (yourself). Love your neighbor as yourself. Submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. I think we done did divide the word wrong here (2 Timothy 2:25).

I seriously haven’t found a scripture that says dictate another human’s conscience, or be lord in Jesus’ stead.

32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

The metaphor here was about the body of Christ. If you are a woman believer, you are a part of that body, and Christ is the head of the body, not man. We do not literally morph into a man’s physical body. Each person has a purpose that God made them for. A woman’s place is exactly where God calls her to be. If we really didn’t need a brain or a voice, God wouldn’t have given them to us.

But Eve Did It!

If we remember the finger pointing from Adam to Eve, and Eve to the snake, that really didn’t work out too well for any of them. We are responsible for ourselves at the end of the day. We will stand alone one day.

If half of the “body” is paralyzed, or minimized to cleaning underwear; what good is the other half? There are women leaders in the bible. If we get into an argument about who God showed Himself to first, or who He loved more, we get stuck. Do we pray to God or a mere man? Wouldn’t that be considered idolatry?

But it only says Women Respect, and Men Love!

1 Corinthians 13 doesn’t say unless you are a woman. Love and respect work full circle. All people need love. All people desire encouragement and respect. Period.

Matthew 7:12

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Except Women? Except your wife? Except “dirty sinners”? Except gays? Except people that believe differently? Except different people? Nope!

Romans 12:10

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves

It doesn’t say unless it is a woman, or especially if it is a man. How did we get here if we are supposed to be one big family?

1 Peter

Submission to each other, submission to the law, submission in the family. When did submission get turned into something that holds one group down? What about John 8:36? So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Except for women? No…

I don’t want to hear smack about the way women dress or act in the church. Unless you plan on throwing out your 21st century attire, and wearing and behaving in a manner fit for the times discussed.  Why do we limit a God by cultural norms (Isaiah 55:8-9)?

Purity

Daughters are not cattle. “Purity promises” work both ways. So the future heads have less responsibility (sarcasm)? If we don’t educate our daughters (and sons) about their sexuality, trust me, some other head will be happy to comply (media too).

If we don’t teach daughters to think for themselves, if we only teach them that men are their leaders and not God; just wait until a pervy man gets a hold of your daughters and commands them to submit.

When he formed us, He had a plan and a dream. It wasn’t limited to laundry (Psalms 139:17).

I see much too much in the word about love. Can’t we look past cultural spats or ancient dress codes? I do have to think God has a bigger imagination than that.

Women, I truly believe that we do not make sandwiches in heaven for the guys…

God has a dream for every single one of us, gals and guys alike. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. There aren’t dogs in God’s family.

How can we shine if we are disqualified by our sex? How can we love others, if we hide behind church walls too afraid of the big bad world? Who do we ask for permission if there are no men around? Which commandment from Jesus said, thou shalt always ask a man for the ultimate decision?

To the nuns that have chosen to love like Christ: You go girls!

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4 responses to “Women: We aren’t Church Dogs!

  1. This is why I have trouble with religion as a whole. I believe in God, Christ and the Holy Ghost. I believe that the Bible was of divine inspiration. I, like you, do not believe that bits and pieces of it should be used to support one’s own agenda. The fundamentalists of any religion will take the parts of their holy scripture and use it for their own purposes while tossing the rest on the dung heap. I belong to a Church of one (or three depending on whether you consider me, myself and I to be 3 entities). I believe in the entirety of the scriptures, not the cherry picked ones that are advantageous to my purposes. Most of all, I believe that God = Love and Love = God.
    Excellent points you’ve made concerning the matter at hand and I totally agree. Shame more supposed men don’t feel the same way (don’t get me wrong, many do. It’s just the ones who don’t that seem to catch all the attention)

    • Thanks for commenting. When I share I try not to bash, it’s usually about one extreme. Fine line and hard lol. I don’t want to have an opinion and end up being protested for the way I perceive the world to the point of silence, and apologetics for existing, you know? I know there are wonderful loving men in the world and church too. I guess in a nutshell what I mean is if he paid the price, then are we picking the wrong battles? I don’t want to be a jerk about “religion”, but these are things I struggle with too. I have problems with some things we get stuck on, especially if they seem to do more harm than good. ty. 🙂

      • Personally, I wouldn’t be concerned with people who protest your perception of the world if they do it without at least understanding who you are. People may not always see things they way you do, but that is part of life. It’s how they handle the disagreement that matters. Just keep writing and take it as it comes. As a country singer once said, “some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug”. 🙂

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