A license to hate

I wonder how many stories have been started this week about the terror attacks in Paris, and then deleted before they were ever finished because they may have offended someone? I have done that. I have been very careful of what I say.

But what I am not going to delete is this: Christians have a message to tell the world, and it is time that we do it. Over 800 years ago, Christians decided to force Christianity upon people by the sword. Then we tried hellfire and damnation. None of those worked. Somewhere along the line Jesus was lost, and it is up to this generation to find Him.

We have just come through the Christmas season and we have sung songs about the declaration of the angels: Peace on earth! Goodwill to men. Go Tell it on the Mountain, that Jesus Christ was born.

Every day I speak against injustice toward women. And I am here to tell you that at the root of all these religious attacks are how women are viewed. When a nation and a people and a religion can hate over one-half of the world, that hate extends to anybody else they choose. It gives license. That license to discriminate against women is found in churches, in mosques, in temples, and on the street. Christians need to examine their hearts and accept complete equality for women in churches and in their own homes. The concept of male headship, which is also seen in putting burqas and scarves on women, has no place in Christianity.

If American churches would lead the way, change would happen. As it is, the majority of religions in the United States today will not allow women full equality. Until we do, we give license. We cannot say that we are different, until we resolve our feelings about male headship, in light of the actions and teachings of Christ.

The reality is that most Christians cannot condemn this teaching against women because, they, too, believe it and teach it. However, they are still leaving Jesus out of Christianity. Jesus is our standard, and since Jesus did not commit women to husbands, or to males, and because Jesus did not deny women anything based on their being women, then we cannot in good stewardship of the gospel, do so either.

When we are willing to withhold the complete God from women (which we do when we deny that women can serve God in every capacity), that is hate. It is also obstructing the message of Christ.

Will you speak up for women? Will you determine that people will know that we are different?

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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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2 Responses to A license to hate

  1. ‘When a nation and a people and a religion can hate over one-half of the world, that hate extends to anybody else they choose.’

    Hi. I’m new to your blog. I read the sentence above and wondered which nation/people/religion you are referring to?

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    • Welcome! I am so glad you visited my blog. You ask a good question and I am glad to answer. There are countries that demean women and/or have laws directed toward women which limit what they can do simply because they are women. There are countries that elevate men – India, China, – over women in practice, even though laws themselves may not do so. There are people who believe that being a male is God’s highest human creation and women were created for a lower position in life and therefore, it is not really wrong to mistreat women, either verbally or physically. No, I cannot give you specifics on that or quotes, but I am 71 years old and have seen and met many people who appear to fall into that category. Now to religion. All you have to do is read to find out that there are many religions who teach that women are equal-but. Southern Baptists, most non-denominational churches, Churches of Christ, Lutheran Missouri Synod, Presbyterian (PCA), and many others. Roman Catholics who teach that only males can be priests. This only scratches the surface of names of Christian religious groups, and as you know, there are many non-Christian religions who teach that women are not equal to men. What is taught in church, bleeds out into society, and affects attitudes of those who do not even go to church. It is up to churches to change that. In fact, because it affects 4 billion people worldwide, it is imperative that we do. Instead, in America, many churches teach male headship. And we take that message abroad through missions, or we affirm their own version of male headship. Will you join those of us who are speaking out for women?

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