Elitism abounds, and today’s version is a chemist. Assuredly he knows much about the chemical bonds of his field and most assuredly he knows nothing about Christianity. As judge and jury, the chemist condemns all religions as women-haters. And to think that all these centuries have passed as we waited for his revelation.
He charges that all religions have conspired for a universal and everlasting plan to subjugate and marginalize women.
Christianity does neither. He ignores what happened as Christ met the woman at the well or Christ in his work with Rahab the prostitute. The soul and spirit given by God take a humanly different form but they are not male or female before him.
The “church” has made many mistakes, some Catholics notwithstanding. For example, Galileo was put under house arrest for agreeing with Copernicus when the church did not agree with Copernicus about the Earth’s movement about the sun. The church continues to make mistakes, but that is not Christianity. The Crusades were a mistake — but enough of that.
The chemist’s mistake is to see all things from a male perspective. It seems he (I guess it’s a he) and many others can only see women as equals if they achieve the same things that men achieve. There is no mention of womanly achievements that are separate and apart from what men have achieved. It’s like saying a crape myrtle can never achieve the success of a pine tree. After all, the pine is much taller and “tall” equals success. What about the blossoms on a crape myrtle, or its ability to be formed into a beautiful hedge? These too count for success.
Christ brought a message of love, dedication, sacrifice and salvation to all who would accept. And it’s free ... in fact it makes one free. There was and is no coercion to believe. The message is presented and it’s up to each one to accept or reject. All who force agreement are not acting as Christians who follow Jesus Christ. His ministry, although brief, was profoundly honest and truthful about an offer, not a demand.
And finally, I would note when the time comes for me to settle my life accounts with the Lord, I will be confronted with what I did. There will not be a mention of male or female, rich or poor, educated or ignorant, powerful or weak or any such man-made standard. My actions as I lived with other people, both those who loved me and those who hated me, will be the sole test for my soul. “There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ.” The Bible, Galatians 3:28.
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