The last post we talked about 2,000 years of church history, and the accusation by some, that women who claim their equality are going against sacred beliefs.
One such belief was that women must endure a painful child delivery. The Bible said God had given this curse to women in Genesis 3:16 when God said “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing, with pain you will give birth to children.”
Medicines became available, but they were not to be used to ease the pain of childbirth. It was Eve’s fault that women had to be in so much pain and now every man’s wife must endure that same pain. The Bible said so.
Her husband was to work in the field and sweat and toil. Of course women worked right along with the men in the fields, sweating and toiling. So, in effect, women got the full curse of God. Men didn’t say a thing about that. They wanted the family fed, and so the women had to work, too. And still do.
Another such belief held by the church was that many women were witches and must be burned at the stake to save their souls. Again, in theory men could be witches, but few were ever burned at the stake.
You see, this was alright. It was just the way things were. Women were always dying. In childbirth, at the stake, by her husband’s hand.
In recent years we accept medicine to alleviate the pain of childbirth, modern hospitals save more women during childbirth, and we haven’t burned anybody at the stake recently.
But we still call women ‘witches’ whenever we spout the Spirit of Jezebel at them. And women often suffer torture and even death by men who are convinced they have male headship over their wives.
The church has a long way to go in protecting women from bigots, zealots, and other so-called Christians who seek to make themselves taller by standing on the backs of women.
Some sacred beliefs need to be challenged. Just because we have been wrong for 2,000 years doesn’t mean that we should never get it right.
I encourage you to speak out for the rights of Christian women.
Learn more at www.senecafalls2.com Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women’s rights Convention in Orlando, Florida, on July 24, 2010.