Boundaries

On our second date Don took me to see the Houston Oilers play.  Raised in east Texas around oilfields, I couldn’t imagine what the attraction was to go see a bunch of roughnecks playing football. Eight years of Oiler’s season tickets taught me one thing. To score you have to get the ball across the line.

We have played the field long enough. It is time to take the ball across the line for women’s equality.

Tradition is hard to break and with women like Mary Kassian, Kathy Keller, and numerous other women who revel in teaching women to stay within their boundaries, young women today are being bound in an unhealthy way.  They are bound to a submissive way of life that is harmful to them, and seeks to break their will for a fulfilled life as a Christian.

It has been done before.  

For over a thousand years, Chinese girls aged 2 to 5 were subjected to the age-old tradition of having their feet bound.  These young girls had their toes and arches broken which deformed their feet and caused great difficulty in walking.  This set them apart as ladies who would never have to do hard work and raised their status in society.  They wore exquisitely pretty little embroidered shoes and their walk enticed men by sexy swaying.  Many men would not allow their women or mistresses to remove their shoes in their presence because those gorgeous shoes hid the smell of infected and molded feet. But they continued to desire the women who walked seductively and who had tiny shoes on her tiny feet.

A thousand year tradition of over one billion Chinese girls having their feet bound began to come unwound in 1874 when 60 Christian women called for an end to the practice.  Others joined in and at the turn of the 20th century, Kwan Siew-Wah, a pioneering feminist, advocated the end of foot-binding.

Now, I don’t understand the whole thing and how the end of foot-binding came about, but Wikipedia said that it was finally ended in 1949 by the communist party. The point is, it did end. Tradition, even one of over a thousand years, can be changed.

We are living in a tradition of restricting women by binding them to a Jewish culture that is over 2,000 years old. Christian women are expected to be bound by first century culture that restricted Jewish women in homes and synagogues.  While there is evidence that the young church broke free from those restrictions, we find women today who are still in the binding business and who want all young Christian girls bound.

It is time to take the ball across the line.

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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One Response to Boundaries

  1. krwordgazer says:

    It’s my understanding that Greek culture was even more restrictive to women than Jewish. And of course, it’s in the letters to the very Greek cities of Ephesus and Corinth that we find the most restrictive statements about women. I believe Paul was accommodating the culture and trying not to move things too fast for general sensibilities to keep up.
    Rome, of course, was in the process of removing a lot of its restrictions over women, and it is in the letter to Rome that we find the most female-inclusive statements, particularly in Chapter 16.
    The idea that we are bound to first-century culture and can’t accommodate our own cultural sensibilities– particularly when they are largely influenced by Jesus’ and Paul’s teachings of Kingdom equality– is absurd.

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