Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Impossible!: Christianity & Feminism ...

The Christian today is either confused, doesn't read his/her Bible, or is probably following some atheist on twitter. But Christians fighting for gender equality simply don't read their Bibles. But thank (insert the name of your God here ... ) for today. This is a Wednesday sermon, enjoy!

An old man, returning from his work, raised his eyes and saw a traveler in an open square of the city (that's exactly how the Bible puts it in Judges 19:16-30). He asked where he was going and where he came from. The stranded stranger elaborated and indicated that no one was willing to house him. The old man took him into his house to spend the night. Now, this is what happened that evening after the old man took the stranger into his house ...

"... suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”

But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage. Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!”

In other words, the total stranger is worth more than his own daughter! His own daughter (just by virtue of being a woman, and oh, the man's concubine also) deserve any inhumane treatment, but not the man, why?! This text broke my heart as a Christian, but it crushed me, and shrank my testicles when I read it from the perspective of someone who will one day have daughters. If this is what pleases God, then please, "let this cup pass me by!"

Israel had an interesting way of treating women who gave birth, as the Bible gives account of it in Leviticus 12. Women were considered to be unclean after childbirth (is this not nonsense?). To prevent their uncleanliness from spreading, they were isolated for 7 days (you see, they treated women who have given birth like they had contracted Ebola). Now, whats even more absurd is the fact that, if the child is a boy, isolation lasted for 7 days, but if the child was a girl (the text refers to a girl as a maid child in some Bible versions), she was to be isolated for 14 days, plus some special rituals. Israel nie! God's people nie! (Ah well, they were obeying God and his priest bia?!)

Speaking of priests, God through Moses told his priests to burn their daughters if they indulge in sex before marriage (Leviticus 21, Captioned, Regulations For The Conduct of Priests). Here also, the Bible, or God, makes no mention of what ought to be done to the son of the priest if he indulges in premarital sex (If you are the daughter of a man of God, give thanks to civilization and the heathens who propelled it, because we know you're not a virgin). And oh, the Bible says a man can rape a virgin and just walk away, by paying the dowry for virgins in Deuteronomy 22:28-29. This is the text which classifies the woman among a man's property. Elaborating on this will make this text too long and I am trying very hard to prevent that. Another sermon will be devoted to that soon.

Let us end today's sermon with this text ... "For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man - 1 Corinthians 11:8-9" so why worry yourself as a Christian, fighting for gender equality? The Bible is very emphatic, that "the head of every woman is the man" (this is the word of the Lord). 1 Timothy 2, from verse 8 downwards is unnecessarily absurd! "Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression" Ah?! So which part of the Bible teaches you (yes you!, the christian feminist) to fight for gender equality? It has never been the will of the Lord your God, and it will never be! 

Amen!