Ola fellow bloggers and readers.
This is yet another year of excitement and hope-filled dreams.
Figured I would post a blog before I am swallowed up in the pre-final year hullabaloo-semester.
I hope we are all well and excited to kick-start this fabulous year!
So I have been having these thoughts on my mind for a while and I wanted to seek you are perspective on this.
For a while now the song around town has been pro feminism and pro LGBTQ rights. However, my mind has been throbbing with a million questions as to what the biblical perspective in all this is. What drives and informs our perspective on these two aspects and what does our maker have to say about this?
I am a learner of the law and history in particular and in one of our history classes prior to World War 1, women were seen as mere objects and inferior human beings, not worthy to sit at the table with men. This bitterness stemmed from the Bible’s old testament where women during Moses’ days, were not allowed to move around and enter the temple with their hair uncovered, or even allowed to say a word once the priest spoke.
Post WW1 (World War 1), while the men were at war fighting for their different colonizers, the women took the fore front to work in order to get a sustenance for their families that had been left behind. This led to the industrial revolution and shortly, the stories of Margaret Thatcher (Iron Lady), Florence Nightingale flooded the front pages of newspapers, and the world was amazed at how these women made a difference to the realm.
This started a tirade of various scholars, especially women coming out to speak out for their fellow women on the 1970’s. There was need for this because most governments ignored the need to pay attention to the atrocities on females such as rape, marital rape, stigmatization, early marriages, and circumcision to mention but a few. These women stopped at nothing to ensure that the ‘top dogs’ heard their cries.
This slowly resulted into bitterness as this cry was ignored and ultimately, the radicals were birthed! These feminists make me hate feminism. Those who are feminists will forgive me, but what in the world would make you hate a man so much as to change the word ‘WOMAN’ to ‘WOMYN’? Chimamanda Ngozi in her book “Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in 15 suggestions” notes that Feminists shouldn’t be viewed as angry women, but rather as women with a voice!
I have had a firsthand experience of an abusive father from a very close friend of mine. I’ve had aunts who have been in abusive marriages, I’ve had friends who have been raped and girls whose fathers abandoned them while still young say nasty things about men that always has me thinking if the God we serve, our creator, would say the same about us, us… the filthy lot that is living in a secular and depraved world.
The Bible says that if you are angry with your brother then you have committed murder, and if you stare at a woman with desire then you have committed adultery. Who then is in a place to make judgement on a species that God in Psalm 139:14 says is fearfully and wonderfully made? Remove the log out of your eye before removing the speck in another’s. Ephesians 4:32 calls us to love and forgive one another with brotherly love and compassion.
In my country (Uganda), I have seen girls get favors, which clearly, the other sex was more entitled to. This is covered under the term ‘positive discrimination’. However, two wrongs do not make a right. If our Constitution says that all persons are equal, then why should there be given preference to a particular sex? Let this move to acquire equality with men not be used as a tool to air out our grievances and anger for the hurt we feel.
I know some evils can never be counted for, and I know some bitterness just cannot be driven away. I also do not advocate that we sit and watch as we are set aside and marginalized as women. My only plea is that we do this in love. Every time we sin against God, He has nothing but love once we repent and turn away. If only each of us can understand what love is as 1John 4 describes it as and who we are in Christ, then we will know that only God can vindicate us from our trials as He did with Job and also learn to treat each other as persons of value, with love and patience at all our imperfections.
My prayer is that we will reflect on this as we throw around insensitive comments and posts on our social media, with the thought of what would Jesus do.