1. Feminism (and side comments on abortion)
I haven’t thought much on the topic. But I would agree with our discussion that a lot of the equality fought for, are good changes. That nevertheless, there are aspects of the movements which are contradict biblical principals about the role of a man and woman. For example, the shift away from family, or viewing childbearing and related roles are seen as “the heart of woman’s oppression”.
“Maternity was to be voluntary, which meant that contraception and abortion be authorised…” – Simone de Beauvoir (second wave feminist leader)
This isn’t very relevant but abortion is one of those touchy subjects. Many times when it’s mentioned in passing, like during our session, there are graphic examples given of how fetuses are killed, and how terrible the law changes are. I’m uncomfortable with that, and that’s why I write about it now.
Life is God-given and precious, and life is life even before one is born. But I don’t know how helpful it is to ask which side you’re on, as if there is such a clear dichotomy – and it feels almost wrong, in Christian circles, to not go along with “anti-abortion” sentiments. From hearing some of what would be considered pro-abortion clinicians speak as a student, I think it’s unfair to frame them as evil baby killers given that many prefer if it didn’t had to happen at all, but feel that legal abortions are safer than backyard ones, and work hard at providing education and contraception to prevent such things. It’s important to be properly informed of what goes on with termination methods, but to go into gruesome detail about some particular case where the head is being cut off or something doesn’t add much to the argument.
Sometimes, it seems that people want lots of sex, but not lots of children and committment, and don’t see the connection between the two things. Sometimes, it’s personal sin of selfishness, lust, autonomy from God in our lifestyles; sometimes it’s complex medical and social situations that happen regardless (chromosome abnormalities, conditions of pregnancy that endanger the mother, rape, incest, and such examples that are frequently raised in debates). Either way, I don’t think it should be encouraged as a social norm, but making abortion illegal doesn’t change people’s hearts, or that we live in a fallen world.
After a recent discussion regarding this post, I want to clarify that it is not that I take abortion lightly. What I am writing is that regardless of laws people’s hearts are sinful, and we live in a fallen world of diseases and other difficult situations mentioned above. As such terminations will continue to happen. I don’t mean we shouldn’t care about laws, but I think there is a place for the procedure to happen safely. In a similar way, to there being divorce processes because the hearts of man are hardened (Matt 19:8). But as God’s people, we ourselves should acknowledge him as the giver of life, thinking of others (that is, the unborn child) and not only ourselves. Should we be faced with hard choices, may God give us the wisdom to know what is right, and grace to obey.
To be honest, I am reluctant to write on controversial issues and make comments on situations that are very difficult already, for the people involved. Being a follower of Jesus does indeed change the way we view issues of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and such topics, as much as it does in transforming our worldviews in all apsects of our lives. Christianity, however, is not defined by how we view controversial issues, and I think this is easy for both non-Christians and Christians to forget.
2. Adam, Eve, and the snake revisited
It’s amazing how there is always more to learn, from God’s word.
“When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wwisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” – Genesis 3:6
Like the speaker said today, I always thought too that Adam wasn’t really around during the incident, but rocked up and took some of the fruit to eat, almost as if by accident. Eve has personal responsibility. But Adam was present the whole time, and with the role to lead and protect, he had responsibility too. He didn’t reiterate God’s command to him (Gen 2:17), or speak up to the serpent, or intervene. And he followed her in her sin. Later, God calls him into account for their actions first.
As women, regardless of how we feel about why men has this role and women has that, I think we can agree that godly leadership, that rightly comes together with responsibility, and accountability, is a good quality in a man.
Part two next week, if I get around to writing about it!