Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Associated Press Pushes Church "Double-Standard" on Palin

From the Associated Press via the Lexington Herald-Leader: Palin a challenge to So. Baptist view of women
Within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, a woman may not lead a church or a home. But prominent Southern Baptists see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin serving as vice president - or perhaps even commander-in-chief someday.

In other words: A woman can run the White House, just not her own house.

I found this attempt at a wedge to be rather amusing coming from the AP -- as I do almost all attempts by self-admitted "outsiders" of the Christian faith to highlight supposed hypocrisy within it.

The flurry of attacks against the plucky Alaska governor are certainly to be expected in a political race, but their desperate nature (and things like this article) reveal how uncomfortable the Democrats are with someone who is comfortable actually being a woman. A large wing of the Democrat party is made up of radical feminists who spend their entire lives shrieking that they are as good as men are, if not better, and then going the extra mile to prove themselves thus. It's a bitter irony that this only indicates a lack of comfort on their part; trying to prove yourself to, and live up to, someone or some standard is a clear indicator of what you aspire to be. Thus, feminists show they aspire to be equal to or greater than the very thing they condemn and despise.

Along comes Gov. Palin, who has no problem showing up to political meetings with her newborn son on her shoulder, or cradling him after the Vice-Presidential debate. She's clearly comfortable in her own skin, being a lady with all elegance and grace, being a mother with poise and enthusiasm, and being a politician at the same time. The irrational fear and paranoid accusations show that these feminist types simply don't comprehend who Palin is and how she can harmonize all three functions at once.

As for alleged incompatibility with Christian faith, the article claims:
A prohibition on pastoral leadership by women, affirmed within the last several years, is based on the Bible verse 1 Timothy 2:12 in which the Apostle Paul says, "I permit no woman to teach or have authority over a man." Regarding family life, Southern Baptists cite Ephesians 5:22, "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord."
Of course, in a typical effort to cast Christians as the suppressors of women, the author left out the proper context:
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church — for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
The Apostle Paul spends three verses encouraging woman to honor the hierarchical system set in place (and comparing it to the relationship between Christ and the church), and then spends eight verses exhorting men to love their wives as self-sacrificially as Christ loved us. In other words, to the point of death.

The problem comes in thinking that submission is the same as weakness. In fact, Christ demonstrated that the goal of the most powerful "man" (Christ, the divine made human) on earth was to submit Himself utterly - and then encourage us to do the same. (Matthew 16:24)

As a spokesperson within the SBC notes, "There's no disconnect or inconsistency whatsoever. We don't go beyond where the New Testament goes. Public office is neither a church nor a marriage."

The author would do well to remind himself of the important role of women in the Bible...particularly Deborah, a judge in Israel. Meaning, a woman who held authority over other men of the time.

The author wraps up by trying to underscore further supposed double-standards from a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pastor, Daniel Akin, by contrasting a sermon on stay-at-home wives with the opinion on Sarah Palin. Of course, for someone who likely does not adhere to a Christian faith, this begs the question, what's wrong with hypocrisy to begin with?

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