Right now Hurricane Irene is headed for North Carolina and will do damage all up and down the coast. This has been an awful year for natural disasters. Earthquakes, and devastation from water and wind all around us. More tornadoes have been on the ground this year than in most years and did much damage in Alabama, Missouri and Oklahoma. Our son was in Oklahoma City last May when the tornado slammed that city. Parents worry about their kids no matter how old they are and we were very concerned as we watched the news about the tornado that was touching down where he was.
We tried to call his cell phone but got no answer and that added to our worries. We could imagine all kinds of things happening.
About 7:00 p.m. we saw a note on facebook that he had survived the storm. He said the day was bright and sunny when he went to work, and when he left at 3:00, everything still looked good and he had had no communication that a storm was brewing or that he might be in danger. I thought of him working in that huge empty store, oblivious to the outside world that was fast becoming frantic and making preparations for their safety as schools closed early and businesses let their employees go home early.
Lots of us go through life not knowing what is swirling around us, or the dangers we might be faced with. Sometimes what we don’t know can hurt us.
That is the case today with women’s equality.
Women sitting in our local churches are oblivious to the storm brewing all around them. They have no idea that they themselves are the object of that storm. Will the tornado suck them up into the vortex of its immensity? Or will they see the danger heading their way and try to escape the damage that will be done as patriarchy swoops down upon them.
Right now they don’t see it.
They welcome words like “loving leadership” and don’t understand that it takes away their personhood by having to have a leader. They know in their heart that all men are not capable of giving that kind of leadership, but since the Bible says so, then the women themselves must be the reason their husbands do not provide loving leadership.
When I began my ministry, I went to the Director of Missions in our local Baptist Association to tell him that I wanted to go on record as being one person who wanted things to change. He told me that Pastors has already fought that battle within themselves and had already made their decision.
It is time for these pastors to re-visit this old idea. It is time for these pastors to see the harm it causes to over half of their congregation.
Will you help me get the message out to pastors and to women that a storm is sweeping over our country and it is women who are being damaged?