Yes, Virginia, there is a war against women. This war however, is not a Republican or a Democrat war as many would have you believe. It is a religious war on women. It is being fought every Sunday in a church near you. It is also a battle that is overwhelmingly weighted against women.
The battle is so heavily weighted against women that we must wonder why the battle is being waged with such intensity. It is being waged with heavy artillery. Make no mistake about it. They have the biggest arsenal, the loudest guns, and more officers. They also have more soldiers willing to take orders and not question.
BBC (Big Baptist Church) in my hometown has what is labeled Men’s Power Lunch. The pastor was quoted in the newspaper a few weeks ago as saying that these lunches were important to men because men ‘have the greater responsibility of leadership in the home and in the workplace.”
Nobody opposed his statement. Nobody stood up and said that such statements send women back to pre-1964 Civil Rights era. But what this pastor says does just that. It tells women that men are in charge of them in their own homes, and that men are in charge of the workplace, where women will go out and work every day.
This past week I was made aware again of this continuing warfare against women.
The strange thing about this battle is that there is no opposing voice. How can you fight a battle without an opponent? Yet, the battle goes on. Day after day, after day. Relentless. Keep shooting at the enemy, there might happen to be one with life left in it.
And there is one, two, and perhaps more who are uncomfortable sitting in churches where they constantly hear that the husband owns the marriage, owns the family, and is what they ‘lovingly’ call the leader of the family.
There is one, two, and perhaps more who want a more moderate voice to be heard.
There is one, two, and perhaps more who want women to be equal in the church and in the home.
We didn’t start this battle. The natural progression after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would have brought women into the colleges, into the male-dominated workplaces, and given women the rights within her own family, the right to earn a decent wage, and the right to make financial decisions for her and for her family, and it would have seeped into the churches and would have given the women in the church the same equality as the males in the church.
But that wasn’t allowed to happen in most churches. It did in some, but the majority of churches reacted violently against women.
The riots this past week that started on 9/11 and supposedly were in response to a movie was caused by overly-religious piety and does no honor to the God they worship. They are not the only ones who have waged war because of their overly religious piety.
This is the same kind of reaction that our religious leaders engaged in after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and resulted in the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. This is the same rioting and battle that we are engaged in. They are fighting to keep us where we were.
Pastors who preach male headship in your church every Sunday are caught up in the continuing riots and are acting like spoiled children in their insistence in keeping this battle going.
Don’t you think it is time that your pastor grew up, and stopped this war against women?
What will you do? Will you tell him that he is acting the same way the rioters reacted this past week?