Thomas, you surprised me. When I got to the end of your letter, I was expecting you to say ‘no more!’
I had an epiphany Sunday while studying “The Ways of God” by Henry Blackabee in Sunday School. The story touched on the fall of Nebuchadnezzar and his seven years of madness and his eating grass. The comment was made that “pride goeth before the fall.”
Our Southern Baptist leaders are setting our men up for a fall.
I had wondered why Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, decided to adopt the Danvers Statement. It became clear to me this weekend as I read about Quiverfull. They are telling our boys and men to be lords over their wives and children. They say a woman’s place is in the home with a multitude of children, baking cookies and letting the men rule the home and the church.
And this is where I have a problem. I don’t know just how far church members in the SBC will go before they say enough is enough. There will be some who will wholeheartedly subscribe to this quiverfull lunacy. Just as there are Amish, Mennonites, Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FDLS), Muslims, and a host of other outlandish religious groups, there are already some families living the quiverfull theology. If this keeps up, it won’t be long before we can count the SBC as one of those outlandish groups. Many will wake up and leave the SBC.
But they have not awakened yet. Most men and women worshipping in our churches are ignorant of what the leadership is trying to push down our throats. Men buy into the submission as being their right, and women go along with it because they truly hope that the man will be in tune with God’s will, as it is touted that they will be. They are not looking at the consequences, just as the Chinese failed to see the long-term consequences of one child (male) system.
Our men are not gods. It is dangerous to give anyone or group so much power. It is human nature to abuse the limits of power. Women and children are in danger because of this apotheosizing of men into male headship. God will not honor this. Jesus himself cautioned against ‘lording’ it over others as the Gentiles did.
Thank you, Thomas, for this opportunity to discuss this with you.