Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women

I felt sorry to hear that Jimmy Carter has left church over the treatment of women . If he was to leave church he should have left church since over the treatment of black people. I once visited a church and no one greeted me; no one shook my hand apart from her parents. Some of their kids actually tested my skin if my color stains. I am talking in the 21st Century. Thank God that my white friend had already told me that it would happen. I still feel sad that even today we are still struggling with accepting others as equals; people transformed by the same blood of Jesus. What a shame! I expect anything from non Christians because their minds have not been regenerated but Christians should know better about treating others. Christianity of inequality is no Christianity.

After the fall, the punishment of the woman was to serve man (Gen 3:16). In the days of Moses women were treated as second class and required to be subservient to the men. A woman actually was called one of man’s properties (Deut 17:15-17; I kings 20:5). Nevertheless, even within this culture, there were women prophetesses like Deborah (Jdg 4:4) and Huldah (2 Kings 22:14).

Islam too has not helped the cause of women especially when the Qu’ran indoctrinates Muslims to beat their wives (Sura al-Nisa 4:34). I have not understood why anyone would have his wife but does not hang out with her, beats her and maltreats her.
Yet there are a couple of factors that continue to keep women as second class to men. It is not only religion but language has also promoted this male chauvinism. Why do we still say bachelor of Art or this rather than a MS in this? The word Man is used for both male and female just to name a few.

The structures of the society: how women are treated; paid lesser than men and that they too had to struggle for suffrage. There are cultures that just make the woman to be in an inferior position. For example in Burkina Faso the man walks ten meters behind the wife while in most Northern cultures in Cameroon the woman walks ten meters in front of the wife.

In the New Testament, Jesus breached the gap between men and women when he associated women in his ministry and made Mary Magdalene the messenger of his resurrection. The Apostle Paul reaffirms the concept that in Christ Jesus there is neither Greek nor Jew nor is there female or male (Gal 3:28).

Unfortunately, this is one of those concepts from Jewish tradition that crept into most cultures and refuses to go. Before the advent of Christianity in Africa, there was power sharing between the male and the female. The African society gave a woman the right to lead in a public arena as much as men. Examples are the Mwami of Rwanda and the Modjadji V of South Africa traditionally called the Rain Queen who were leading their villages in the 1800s long before feminism even showed its marriage breaking head world wide.

Nonetheless despite all of this; is it sufficient reason to refrain from going to church? The church is like a lamppost to hold the bulb. Can the bulb stand on its own yes but it shines better with the post. Going to church helps us to be exhorted and rebuked. Sometimes seeing the way people use the church irritates me and makes me feel like I should never set my foot into a church. But then, the Bible encourages us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Heb 10:25). Perhaps we could say if the church was causing you problems, or if you disagree with your church, rather than stop going to church, leave the church and start yours. Regrettably people leave their old churches and go back doing the same thing they criticized their former churches were doing.

Until then, I hope The Southern Baptist and The Full Gospel Mission (my former and home church) will integrate women.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).

Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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