“A lot of things in life are not fair, but Maytag and Dyson have made it easier.” That was the last line in the little essay written by the pastor in his column “Men vs Women” that I told you about in Monday’s post. In his little spiel he summed it up quite nicely to get his message across: Women should not work outside the home, and housework is their destiny.
He is so right about fair: Lots of things in life are not fair,
- It is unfair that pastors do not have the courage to speak up for women;
- It is unfair that pastors can get their words out but will not listen to the other side of the story;
- It is unfair to all women when other women do not see the urgency of the situation and choose to remain in a submissive state;
but they don’t have to stay that way.
Pastor, you can speak up for over one-half of your congregation, you can listen to the other side of the story of equality, and you can educate the women in your congregation about what it means to be equal in the church and the home.
Pastor, you can change some of those things that are unfair – you can use the Maytag and the vacuum cleaner. Your wife is not destined to pick up and clean up after you. Find that scripture in the Bible where it says that the washing machine is a woman’s appliance. Nowhere does it say that housework is the woman’s province.
His unsuspecting congregation does not realize that their pastor was spouting the mantra of the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood.
Look at the Danvers Statement: We observe with deep concern: (Rationale #4) the widespread ambivalence regarding the values of motherhood, vocational homemaking, and the many ministries historically performed by women.
See that? This is what #4 means: “women’s place is in the home and not in the workplace or church leadership.” That is what the pastor of Men vs Women was telling his congregation.
Where are Maytag and Dyson when we need them? We need Maytag to clean up this mess that we find ourselves in, and we need Mr. Dyson to vacuum up the remaining vestiges of male supremacy.