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Broken Walkways.

This bridge or walkway isn’t very useful. Yes, you might wheedle your way down one side, if you can get past the idea of the oyster beds about ten feet below, ready to break your fall at one misstep.

But why?

The restaurant on the other end is closed from the same damaging storm.

The walkway could be fixed, but if the restaurant isn’t opening, what’s the point?

Over the years I’ve watched many people cross this walkway to get to the other side. Good food, music and friends awaited.

But they aren’t there now, and crossing this bridge doesn’t get the same results..

The point is things change.

This building may be leveled or repairs made, but whatever happens it will be different. There will be change, even if it just continues to deteriorate and fall into the water, piece by piece.

The trouble is, people sometime resist change. They like life the way they are used to it, and will literally wheedle their way precariously over dangerous walkways to stay in their comfort zone.

The Jewish leaders in their day were like this. Jesus’ arrival took them out of their comfort zone. He was different than they had envisioned. It wasn’t how they interpreted the scriptures.

And they weren’t interested in change.

I’m going to step out on a limb here, and I’m ready to defend my stand, but we the church are doing the same thing.

We have taken some archaic interpretations of scripture, and are wrongly applying them to a group of people, mostly because that’s how it’s always been done.

Wow, this could be a slippery slope, so hang on with me for a moment. I don’t think we should go out over dangerous oyster beds to go to a closed up, broken down restaurant, just because we used to have fun in there.

We might have to consider something different, because we still have to eat!

This week, I have been poked hard in the gut about domestic violence and the way the church addresses this issue. This issue crosses lines into other areas of disrespect and disregard for the value of women. And, I’m not talking about who does the dishes or brings home the bacon.

I have a lot of unanswered questions, and I’m Weary by Wednesday.

Why is there is a distortion of scripture and truth. It appears to be based on tradition, and on misinterpretations. And why do good men stand by and allow it?

Where does this idea that women are less than come from? Why would it ever be okay to verbally, emotionally, or be physically violent to keep a woman in her place? And why would she be asked to risk herself to more violence, while no one confronts her abuser?

Why would some men still hold onto a definition of submission that is about someone being better than someone else?

Why are women objectified because they live in the skin God gave them?

How would mutual respect and equality lead us astray from God’s purpose and mandates for our lives?

I find no scripture that indicates when we all get to heaven, men get to go first, and women will be less than. I’m not vying to be first here – scripture does clearly say the first shall be last, based on each individual’s free will to put their brother’s and sister’s needs ahead of their own.

What I’m fighting against is a pervasive teaching that God condones misogyny and abuse.

It’s been suggested that I let this go, but I just can’t.

If Jesus would sit down and have a glass of water and a conversation with the woman at the well, if he presented himself first to the women at the tomb – in times when this behavior was socially unacceptable – showing respect, love and care. I think it’s time the church evaluates its position.

The Church cannot sit by and watch women be demeaned and disrespected.

Unfortunately, I think we may have to garner the persistence of the widow, because the church is falling down on defending its women from their adversaries. Jesus did not condemn her for pleading her case.

The Parable of the Persistent Widow can be found in Luke 18:1-8, here is Jesus’ explanation:

And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:6-8)

I’m sure I don’t have all the questions, and I certainly do not have all the answers. I merely believe the church above any institution, should seek the well-being and welfare of each of its members.

What questions can’t you let go of about this issue?

Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me.

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