Saturday, December 17, 2005

female masculinists

I like that word in that I don't like it. Masculinists. It's a take off, of course on the F word: Feminist.

I am not a feminist. I am not a masulinist. I'm a humanist if anything. Men and women are supposed to work together. It's a team. Not a division, but it seems to become that, especially in the biblical realm.

In my quest for biblical truth, that women and men are supposed to unite equally in His Kingdom, to battle the enemy shoulder to shoulder, I seem to have realized one of women's greatest foes: other women.

I was ordained an elder many years ago. I got the most support in my eldership from other men, not women. Women look askance at me if they find out I was ordained an elder. The men of the church I was in were my biggest supporters; they were the ones that called me to minister to me as I was ministering to others. Elder, pastor, deacon. It's all the same thing: servant to others. Period. None of the high falootin' stuff. I think men have no trouble with it because they view it as someone who knows they have stuff to do for God. Women view it as a woman in authority and by golly, they already allow enough people to have authority over them as it is. That's really their problem. It's an honor for me to serve my Father, and an ordination is a public announcement that I am held to a certain standard. I take that very seriously, and to disrespect that call on my life is to disrespect Him.

Some women that I know look at me funny when I say that I don't do my husband's laundry. If I were to say that to a man, he'd probably laugh. Women, though, often look at me like I'm a bad wife. I find that interesting. My husband is better at his laundry than I am. He does his because he likes it a certain way. I cook because I am the better cook. He does the long-term finances because he is better at it. I do the short-term finances because I am better at it. It just seems ironic that women who supposedly believe that we are all to use our gifts and talents according to God's assignments would judge another person based on their cultural perception of who that person is supposed to be. We have a long journey ahead of us.

2 comments:

Larry said...

Yes, we do have a long journey. I can understand some of this, though. The Bible is pretty clear in places about women being under the authority of men, which fits with our patriarchal society. It also limits what half of the human race can do, which suits Satan's purposes perfectly.

My attitude, wrong or right, is "If you can do it, do it." Often God's leading comes through what I'm capable of, or what I have the idea for.

And yes... I do the sand sculptures you see on my various sites. For more links, visit http://lntouch.blogspot.com.

Karen said...

Larry,
Good to hear from you! You have a great attitude about workers for the Lord. It's the same as Jesus'. We are to keep His appointments.
The Bible isn't as clear as it appears; there's a new New Testament translation out there which will probably never see bookstores here, due to the powers that be...Dr. Ann Nyland's The Source New Testament. It can be read online at www.godswordtowomen.org (org, NOT com)There are unfortunately no notes on the online version. The notes are incredible and longer than the NT. For an interview with the translator go to:
http://englishbibles.blogspot.com/2005/07/meet-translator-ann-nyland-tsnt.html
We are, many of us, on an incredible journey. Your "It also limits what half the human race can do, which suits satan's purposes perfectly." SO right!