Having had time to digest a little of the CNN video and to sit down to a keyboard with it on my mind, I wanted to share a couple thoughts about it and some resources that speak to the issues of the last two weeks.
My main take away from the CNN clip, was the stark contrast between one man who was willing to speak about what the scriptures said, and two feminist who wanted to repeatedly talk about what our culture felt the Scriptures should say. If there was one point in which the modern church could be judged as having failed the greatest, in my mind it would be its inability to understand what the author of the Bible meant when He had it recorded.
We approach the Scriptures like it is some sort of Bible bingo game. We look at it like each verse might mean something different to each person who reads it. If that was the case, then the Bible would be absolutely useless to all of us. It would not be, as 2Tim 3:16, 17 declares, able to make us “thoroughly furnished unto all good works”.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2Ti 3:16-17)
If each verse did not really have an intended meaning, then we could not depend on our interpretation to be any more than our opinion. We would not be thoroughly furnished. We would be thoroughly confused. But God is not the author of confusion.
I also found that Voddie was not the only prophet on the set. Kyra Phillips clearly understands the ramifications of Palin’s candidacy better than the majority of evangelicals. She said of Palin, “She’s winning over church members, church leaders, that don’t even allow women to preach at the pulpit, but she could be leading the country…” Now Kyra did not mean for this to be a judgment against the church. In her mind it was a sign of growth and progressiveness within the church. But clearly what it shows is the hypocrisy the evangelical majority has embraced because of their fear of an Obama presidency
It is sad as we approach the 7th anniversary of 9-11 that we still seem to fear man more than God. We as a nation are still looking to the arm of the flesh to defend us, instead of crying out in repentance before the Judge of the world. Evangelicals could not wait to pounce on the Palin bone they were tossed. They would rather throw themselves at the mercy of the Republican party than in the hands of our loving Creator. Not because they think the Republicans are going to be able to save them, but rather because facing God would require an honest assessment of the choices and beliefs we have held.
In short, it would expose the Christian feminism and the male abdication within the church. We would have to be willing to evaluate, in light of the intended meaning of the text of scriptures, the feminist propaganda both men and women have embraced and would have to be willing to let it go. In short we would have to repent.
This is as an untenable position to the American Christian as an Obama presidency. “Give us Barabbas, Give us Barabbas!”, they chant, not recognizing the Lord of Glory who is giving us yet another opportunity to repent and turn from our evil ways as a nation. I think as much as anything Palin’s “call to office” is a clear call to repentance. Will we cry out for the Lord and seek His mercy? Or, will we cry out for Palin as our savior from an Obama presidency? It is hard for many to envision something worse than an Obama presidency, but as we remember 9-11 today, we should consider that the life of our nation is in God’s hands. The question that determines our national security and our safety is not who will be president. It is, “Will we conform our lives to the Word of God regardless of the culture or will we continue to trust in the chariots of the Republican party?”
There are a few resources I would like to recommend to you on the topic of feminism that Palin’s candidacy has brought to the forefront of our nation.
First if you would like to hear Voddie, on the roles within the family without being cutoff, check out The Centrality of the Home in Evangelism and Discipleship. Here is a great clip that actually answers the question left unanswered by Kyra Phillips, “What about the verse that says submit to each other?”
Secondly I mentioned Passionate Housewives Desperate for God recently in this discussion. Jennie and Stacy do a great job of working through all of the details of the cultural challanges of being a wife and mother in this political climate all while taking care of the 18 children they have between them.
Lastly, one of my favoriate resources to recommend is The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. This brillantly directed film sports a cast of all women and does great service to the modern church, by painting a scriptural and historical picture of feminism and its effects.