women’s issues


Excerpt, When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

…the church failed women by not taking the lead in setting women free as Christ intended. Rather, the church has allowed the world to take the lead and has followed its example. Well, the world, at least the United States, is now leading in a new direction regarding gender equality. My question to Christ followers now is: Are you willing to take a good, hard, honest look at the lens through which you view reality, and consider the possibility that maybe the values and beliefs you were taught growing up regarding the roles of the sexes is not actually what Christ taught?

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

 

I would like to update you re: a new endeavor I will begin in the new year. I will be volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter, an organization in Harrisburg PA dedicated to coming against the sex trafficking and pornography industries.

In order to be an effective volunteer I needed to educate myself. I accomplished this by reading the following 4 books: Somebody’s Daughter, The Hidden Story of America’s Prostituted Children and the Battle to Save Them by Julian Sher; The White Umbrella, Walking with Survivors of Sex Trafficking by Mary Frances Bowley; The Johns by Victor Malarek; and Surfing for God, Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael J. Cusick. Before I begin my volunteer work I am going to read one more book, Girls Like Us, Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale by Rachel Lloyd. Needless to say, none of these are light reading.

I read these books and will be doing this volunteer work because in 2014 God lit a fire in my heart to set His daughter’s free. My first response to this prompting was to write When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough. Volunteering for She’s Somebody’s Daughter is my second response.

I had dinner with some women friends last night and the question “Is the United States ready for a woman president?” was raised. That question fills me with sadness and reminds me how far we still need to go in the struggle for gender equality.

Excerpt from When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

“Though tremendous legislative strides have been made regarding both racial and gender equality, it is sad but true to acknowledge that racism and sexism still exist. They exist because “isms” are not legal conditions, they are heart conditions and legislation does not change hearts. Civil rights legislation taught us that. I believe that if sexism and racism are to truly come to an end, hearts need to change in a way that leaves people color blind and gender blind, seeing each other as equal, different yet equal.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

 

Earlier today I spoke with a woman who told me that a number of years ago she had definitive evidence that her husband was having an affair. She went to her pastor for help, asking him to speak with her husband. Her pastor told her “If he was getting some at home he wouldn’t need to go elsewhere.” I am so outraged that the pastor actually said this I can hardly stand it. The reality of a male pastor blaming a woman for her husband’s immoral behavior rather than holding the man (who, by the way,was an elder in the church) accountable is more than discouraging. It is downright outrageous. I can only hope that the recent “me too” movement and the resultant actions by legal authorities to hold men accountable for their behavior will teach this and other male pastors to hold individuals accountable for their own behavior, rather than blaming others.

Excerpt from When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

“When an individual gives his or her life to God, that individual becomes part of God’s family. The Holy Spirit then comes to live inside that believer and endows him or her with spiritual gifts… Individuals are given spiritual gifts to equip them for the purpose God chose for them and designed them to fulfill…” Paul discussed spiritual gifts in his letter to the church in Rome (Romans 12), his letter to the church in Ephesus (Ephesians 4), and his letter to the church in Corinth (1 Corinthians 12). Important Point: There is no reference in any of Paul’s letters to gifts being distributed according to gender.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

Excerpt, When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough:

Question: Where do women belong in the twenty-first-century church?
Answer: Wherever God places them.

God has carved out places for every one of his daughters in his church, and he wants us to occupy the places he chose for us. Whatever spiritual gift or gifts you were given, you were given for a reason and a purpose, and he wants you to use it for the purpose he chose for you. He does not want you to hide it. If you choose to hide your gift(s), God is displeased. In his book The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren states “You don’t bring glory or pleasure to God by hiding your abilities or by trying to be someone else. You only bring him enjoyment by being you. Anytime you reject any part of yourself, you are rejecting God’s wisdom and sovereignty in creating you.”

Link: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

This was a Facebook memory from 2014. Decided to share it here.

I did not sell any books at my book signing yesterday. I bought one instead. As a store employee was setting up the space for the book signing a book caught my eye. It was titled A CALL TO ACTION: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by Jimmy Carter. I have already read the first four chapters and it has really grabbed hold of me. Here is an excerpt from the inside front cover: “A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women.”

Perhaps rather than selling books God had a higher purpose in mind for me at that bookstore yesterday.

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