Driving home yesterday I was thinking about what to write today. My heart was singing along and I wasn’t upset, or angry as some people like to point out – I was just thinking what a beautiful world God had given us.
The red traffic light got me and I eased to a stop. And there I saw it, and my heart felt full of sadness, and I felt so helpless. A huge billboard advertising the Big Baptist Church down the street. The church where I had written the pastor at Christmas and asked to speak with him. The SBC church that I know subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
Luring in unsuspecting women to their church where the message of the Bible is not Jesus and his love for all, but that a woman must act out the part of mankind while her husband acts out the part of Jesus.
The Apostle Paul did not say that. But that is what they believe.
Because you see, when I got home, I had an email from a trusted and valued friend who told me so. “ I really think that God intended for every man to be the spiritual leader of his family. He is to provide an example of Christ to his wife and children that would cause them to see and want Christ in their life. When a man does that, his wife will be more than happy to allow him to lead the family.”
Should I call my husband “the vicar of Christ?”*
This past week someone told me – again – that I should be gracious and humble.
Sorry, folks. If that is what you are looking for, you won’t find it here. My intent is to rile you up, encourage you, support you as you speak out, and get through to our church leaders that they have misused the Scriptures to bear out their preferred belief.
*a vicar is of “earthly representative of God or Christ