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Abuse ... Reflection for September 12

posted Sep 22, 2014, 6:57 AM by Parish Administrator   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 6:59 AM ]

My mentor and friend Tom Schirmer always said, “Read everyone, even people you might disagree with.  God is always speaking.” 

And amid the swirling controversy around football and domestic violence, I came across and article written by Anne Graham Lotz (2nd daughter of Christian Evangelist Billy Graham).  In a world where violence is so often ignored or justified, her words are powerful.

I applaud [former President] Jimmy Carter’s defense of the equality of women [in the book A Call to Action]. I agree that women are being discriminated against at almost every level. In almost every nation. In almost every culture. Simply because they are women.

I have experienced this discrimination firsthand. I am a woman. And I am a preacher. That combination has cost me privileges and position in the man’s world in which I have moved.

While I have experienced personal discrimination within my own world, I have never been beaten because I walked through the mall without my husband in front of me, or stoned because I spoke to a man in public, or arrested for driving a car, or shot because I went to school, or imprisoned because I was raped. Yet I know women around the world have been subjected to this type of “discrimination,” and worse. I weep for them. And with them.

So I would like to add my voice to that of Mr. Carter’s, calling for change in the way women are treated. But I take exception to the reason that he gives for this discrimination. He says that it is religion. I say that it is sin.

The hardness, hatred, anger, cruelty, arrogance and meanness that erupt in rejection and discrimination of women are sin. While various religions may justify discriminating against women, and even defend and promote it, religion is not the cause. Sin is.

And sin is not confined to religion. It is found in agnostics and atheists as well as in priests and imams. It is in every nation and every culture and every generation; because sin resides in the human heart. The only solution is to have sin removed and our hearts made clean, then filled with God’s love and compassion for others.

The complete article can be read here:  http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/03/27/women-like-me-are-abused-worldwide-heres-why/31456?utm_content=buffer9a233&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.