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Jimmy Carter recently named the abuse of women “as the primary human rights issue in the world today.”
We don’t have to look far into the global plight of women to see the truth to this statement.
Religion - Misuse - Contributor - Oppression - Liberation
He goes on to say that religion (and the misuse of it) is a major contributor in perpetuating oppression, rather than leading to liberation and healing. For those of us in the Christian tradition, we aren’t absolved from this critique.
Influential Church Fathers such as Tertullian have said things like “women are the devil’s gateway.” Others have argued that women don’t inherit the image of God in the same way men do. Perspectives like these have subtly built themselves into theological constructs and church structure.
Church - Jesus - Models
While the Church has often gotten it wrong, Jesus models what is right.
Jesus’ life and message is one of liberating women into their sacred vocation as equal participants in God’s mission of reconciliation. Further, throughout the gospels, women are continually portrayed as the ones who actually understood Jesus’ message while the disciples struggled to keep up. They were the first to know the good news (birth and resurrection), and the ones entrusted to share it with the world.
Understanding - Text - Bible - Jesus
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