What does God see?

As promised, the Book Project has been updated and names have been placed by certain subjects, and there is also a list of people who have volunteered to help.  We are still looking for writers.  Please let me know if by accident your name has been left off, or if your name is not placed beside the topic you chose to write on.

The deadline for submission is October 1, 2011.  Submissions can be 3,000 or so words (this is a change from the original).

Please check back on Book Project.  I have just added another writer to the list.

What does God see?

There are certain words that trigger a flood of undesirable hits on my website and I hesitate to write what I would like to.  So please read behind the lines today because I want to talk about what I saw – as I wonder what God sees.

I was watching a news story today and saw a market scene in a country that our President will be going to in a day or so.  In the picture, I saw women walking in the background with their heads covered with their scarves, and in the foreground, I saw very religious men dressed in all black with a black hat on their head, with their sideburns hanging in ringlets. 

These two religious people are at opposite poles from each other.  But what I saw put them in the same category.  At the extreme ends, one religion demands that women cover their heads and their bodies, while the other one demands that men cover their heads, and wear their hair a certain way, and that their women shave their heads, and wear wigs. 

A few years ago, my husband and I visited that country and saw first hand the excess piety of both religions.  Our tour guide told us that there was some talk that it wasn’t right for the women to wear wigs that looked so real.  The men wear Yarmulkes that match their hair exactly. The men and boys enter a synagogue and put their hands over their heads if they do not have a head covering.  There was paper stapled together which fashioned a head covering for them to use if they did not have one.

God looks down on this and what does He see?  Women with their heads and bodies fully covered. Men with their heads covered dressed in a holy uniform. Women with their heads shaved and covered with fake hair.

God turns his head and looks down at us and what does he see?

Actually, I am more concerned with the pastors and men who watched that same program as I did.  What did they see as they lean back in their recliner with their shorts and blue jeans on.  What do they think about the men dressed in black hats with their sideburns hanging in ringlets? 

Are they reveling in their “I am the head of the household” role, or by any chance do they realize that their attitudes about women came from this region, and they haven’t changed very much.  What does that man think as he sits back in his recliner in modern day clothes , but he holds his wife to those middle east standards, and he thinks he is the vicar of Christ to his wife, doesn’t he see that he is clothing his wife from head to toe?

What does God see?

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About bwebaptistwomenforequality

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 What does God see?

  1. Jay says:

    They say “love is blind” Can a blind one see what another is wearing, what the length of their hair is? Actually, I doubt God looks down since God is not really “above” Who can identify the written words of a woman? In these words there is no audible voice and the author’s body form is not scene. They say that God forgives and forgets our sins. That God forgets is probably impossible, but then not less possible then God being blind when it comes to seeing what men and women are wearing. Actually, it seems that God has a difficult time distinguishing between Jews and Gentiles or men and women. Love is blind.

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  2. I’m not quite sure how I ended up where I did on the book project. I sent a paper on 1 Timothy, but assumed that was more point you to sources, since it was written for a class and is academic-style. I’m not against helping, but don’t even know what the section I’m currently assigned to means ;0)

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