I was listening to Doug Phillips’ video of his sermon at the Seneca Falls 2 Christian Women’s Rights Convention on July 24, 2010. You remember this convention, don’t you? It is the one where we demanded an apology.
Doug’s opening remarks said that the time has come. That history has been heading toward this moment when women would be free and have equal rights, and that the time has come.
You can hear his whole speech at http://vimeo.com/15017093
You can hear a short clip of his speech at http://www.tangle.com/view_video?viewkey=2a94916d4af0d62d525a
(We are very much in debt to Cindy Kunsman for editing and putting these videos on the internet. Thank you, Cindy.)
Doug and I both were suffering from sinus problems which left our voices raspy, but nevertheless, it is the words that count and Doug spoke very powerfully on women’s equality.
“History has been moving toward this moment.” I loved that. That gave me hope and comfort.
Every once in a while I have to ask God why he has allowed women to be mistreated throughout history. The answer keeps coming back to me that individuals are always responsible for how they treat others.
I know that, but sometimes I just want the whole situation to be taken care of, and women everywhere and particularly in my hometown, and the Baptist churches, and the Catholics, and the Churches of Christ, and the non-denominationals, and the Presbyterians, and ……. Well, just everybody, to accept that God did not single out the males and leave females behind in his glorious design.
But like all of you, I needed to hear words of hope and Doug Phillips gave me those words.