The lights are on in the staging area

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Two years ago, Hurricane Ike blew through and devastated portions of southern Texas.  Pine trees snapped all around us and hardwood trees fell.  Limbs fell through neighbor’s bedroom ceilings; one limb fell into a bedroom and killed a friend.  The electricity went off with no idea when it would return.

Food spoiled in refrigerators without power.  Ice was scarce. 

Televisions were off.  People were outside cleaning up the mess of trees against their homes, covering parts of their roof that was missing, and securing their homes to make them habitable again.  City after city struggled with the cleanup.

Neighbors held cook-out parties and helped each other survive.

Each day our son left this area and went to work in a city not far away that did not feel the effects of this huge storm.  He told us that electricity was flowing, and people were going about their business as usual. He said the lines at the gas pumps and the stores were long with refugees seeking gas and food.

The fifth day without power our food supplies were gone so we left before daylight to make the journey into this city to find food.

We made our way carefully down the highway and could see power lines downed by trees.  All was dark.

Suddenly up ahead we saw lights!  Bright lights! A city of lights.  As we got closer, we saw that the town still did not have electricity, but the football stadium lights flooded the dark.  We realized that this was the power company’s staging area.  There were workers, and tents, and utility trucks that had arrived from other states to help us regain our electrical power.

Passing this area, we again went into the darkness.  Making our way to the city where the lights stayed on, and food was available.

I encourage you to make your way out of the darkness and go to church next Sunday to where there is light. 

Find a church that has a woman pastor or associate pastor, or a church that recognizes women’s equality.

 Do not be fooled.  Some churches that say they do, may have an underlying belief that women are to be submissive.  (Remember the mega Assembly of God church I told you about in Springfield Missouri where women were told by a visiting preacher that they were to submit to their husbands).

As you pass through, remember the staging area.  There are people out here working to bring you light.

Return back into the darkness, and help those neighbors who need the light.  Add your talents and strengths to the workers who are working throughout the day and night so that others might see.

There is hope.  Remember the lights are on in other cities.

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Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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6 Responses to The lights are on in the staging area

  1. chaidrinkingfool says:

    Amen!

    Some are called to work within the churches that call for women’s unilateral submission in the church and/or the home, and some are not. I was, perhaps, called to this for a time, but not anymore. Praise!

    Some are not called to do this work, and if you are not, please consider breaking your allegiance to your church/denomination. Your denomination, your church–neither one is God. It is important to make these distinctions.

    And I agree with the reminder to proceed with caution. Some churches will “allow” (I use the scare quotes because if a woman is gifted and called, she is gifted and called by *God*, and I don’t think much of the church that stands in the way of God in this way) women to preach, but still preach the submission of women in the home. There might also be a vice-versa situation.

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  2. Jane says:

    I wanted to pass this forward, I got it from Women’s Space, on the issue of child rapists and how psychologists are working to normalize and criminalize Women and girls for objecting [esp in Europe though Iceland, a country lead by a feminist, has criminalized the purchasing of rape, a.k.a prostitution and now recently has made strip bars illegal, way to go Iceland],

    but anyway in this discussion it came up, about the Blogger child rapists who Advertise how to target CHURCHES for prey–and this is legal, thanks to the patriarchal misogynist legal system.

    With the increase of the virgin-whore dichotomy and misogynist gender roles/submission in the church culture the Environment will be even MORE conducive to not only protecting child rapists but Luring them in,

    so, Be AWARE, these misogynist teachings are not just a danger to Wives, but to little girls.

    see: http://homesewersneedleworkersunion-hsnwu.blogspot.com/2010/08/warrior-alert-protect-your-daughters.html

    ‘warning, I sometimes use off color language in describing sexual violence or the sights I refer to do, because they are often secular, so please be aware and overlook–the world of sexual violence, hate against women Is one of violence, e.g., porn, prostitution, trafficking, therefore I do not sugar coat it or white wash it, giving it some ‘it’s only sex’ imagery that is one, false and two, is a lie. So, just to warn you…it is not a puritanical pro-patriarchal analysis on the hate/sexual violence of women. Jane’

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  3. Jane says:

    hey all,

    it has begun, the series I mentioned I would do [couple of days later than expected] but well here goes,

    http://homesewersneedleworkersunion-hsnwu.blogspot.com/2010/08/mother-side-of-god-female-side-of-god.html

    it IS an Only Women’s Space-discussion, sorry men, but this is for women only.

    Jane

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  4. madame says:

    I’m thankful that my husband and I spent some time in a church lead by a woman because it lead me to question my beliefs about God and his design for women. I am also thankful because the things that happened in the time we were there lead us to question some beliefs and actions of our own. It was not a good time or an easy time, and I’m glad we ended it.

    This reply also addresses the question of the post “how to fix Christianity”, because I don’t think that female leadership in a church is necessarily THE sign that tells us it is a healthy church.

    The woman leading the little church we joined in 2007 and left in 2008-09 ( I left first) was trying to establish a church where we “all grow together”, but in fact, she very often treated us like we were below her, like children. She once even complained that we didn’t obey her. She continually patronized my husband, who was supposed to be her assistant. He was appointed to be an elder without me even knowing about it until the day he was ordained. Talk about respecting women! Later on, when I told her I was not in agreement because my husband and I agreed to take a year or two off from being in any sort of ministry or leadership position in the church, she didn’t do anything about it. When I left the church, she continued to use my husband as her assistant, trying to coerce me back into the church, but never encouraging him to step down and go get his home in order.

    I realize this is not your typical church. I assume most women pastors would show more respect for the women in their congregation, but if they are all about their authority and how everyone is to obey them, their church, I don’t see how their church is going to be any different than a man-lead one.

    The issue, for me, is the introduction of hierarchy in the family and the Body of Christ. I don’t think God intended there to be a chain of command, whether lead by women or men. I believe God intended men and women to work alongside each other, for the church to be lead by people who are laying their life down for their “flock”, serving, not lording it over, and feeding the sheep, as Jesus told Peter to do.

    There is so much more I would like to say…. I don#t have time now…

    I’m happy to see you standing up against patriarchy, and thanks for commenting on my blog

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    • Welcome! Thank you for joining in. We all come to this discussion from different points in our lives. We can strengthen each other and hopefully build a network of women who know that patriarchy is wrong, is dangerous, and must be spoken out against. Please keep reading and tell others that we are in this fight together.

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    • Jane says:

      Madame you nailed it,

      it’s not women as ministers, that’s one of the issues I have with the whole egal and women in ministry lie–it’s the same in politics [why I know a bit about it], the LIE that if there is gender equity or gender inclusion that Wow, like magic, all the oppression will go away

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