Woman of Today (part 2)

Over the last 50+ years we have been indoctrinated by pornography.  Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler…etc…if you’re old enough you might remember those “hidden” magazines that one had to make a real effort to buy and look through; well they just look tame compared to what we have accessible now.  If anything, our normal evening line up on mainstream television and Netflix is more pornographic than anything out there 50 years ago.  There are 420 million+ pages of porn online these days…easy to find and easy to look at in secret.

But do we even do this in secret anymore?  Not really.

It’s all about Freedom!  Empowerment!  Embracing your sexuality!  I’m sure that these words sound familiar to you?  These are the words used to justify the filth that we get to see on a daily basis.

Just open up a magazine, any one that is marketed out there, and you will see overtly sexual advertisements.  If they aren’t sexual then they are selling the idea that we all need to look ageless, and our value comes from looking young.  Billions of dollars spent each year making us buy something to feel better about ourselves.  Plastic surgery and Botox are becoming so normal that we don’t even blink when we see another stretched out expressionless face, or breasts that can’t possibly be natural.  “Hey, if you don’t like it, then fix it!!”  Right?

Does this only go back 50+ years?  No.  It goes back throughout time.  Even in the Bible women were treated like a commodity.  Women were used as property, for slavery, and treated like second class citizens.  They really didn’t have any value.  And there was no question that they would have the same rights as men.  The odd verse would tell of a woman accomplishing something, but for the most part they were ignored.  Unfortunately there are many places in the Bible where the oppression of women is used as a tool to keep us down.  After all, we are to be quiet, and to wear long hair, and to be in service to our husband who is the head of the household.

Sound familiar?  It does to me.

No wonder we try to get our power through our appearance…

to be continued…

Woman of Today (Part 1)

At the age of 10 I received a compliment from an older man, he must have been in his 30’s or so, and it changed me from the inside.  I realized quite quickly that I had “something” that men would notice, and it would give me power.  Looking back, I can see that what he did was inappropriate, and he should have kept his mouth shut in front of a 10 year old.  But the lesson learned was…

…that as a woman, I would be judged on my looks,
…that being “attractive”, according to this world’s standards, opens doors for some and not for others,
…that the suppression of women comes so subtly that we don’t even notice what’s happening, and it starts young.

I was listening to a TED talk ([ted id=2102]) to the other day and the speaker mentioned that google gets asked over 10,000 times a month, “Am I ugly?” and it’s mostly from young girls.

We learn from toddlerhood that we get attention if we are “cute” and life is a bit easier in school if society thinks we are somewhat attractive.

So, what kind of society do we live in?  How can we not see the damage that is being done every day in the lives of young girls and women every day?  It’s twisted, dark and has deep roots.

to be continued…

 

 

 

Hope Endures…

Our church has been on a 40 day fast. We have 9 days to go. At times it seems like a uphill climb, and for me personally, there have been many a “sniff” at the Nutella jar. Many conversations with other church members are about food, and recipes that are “Daniel fast” friendly. On the surface it seemed like it was really just a fast without nothing to show for it, but I can feel things changing. There is something to be said about corporate prayer and fasting. It strengthens the body, and it brings the toxins to the surface. This can be said about one’s personal body, as well as the church body. We are all getting leaner, hungrier and hopeful. Continue reading Hope Endures…

Start the Conversation…

Prayer. What does that look like? For many of us it is a ritualistic poem that we say before meals, or when we go to church. There is an emptiness to this ritual, but there doesn’t seem to be anything else to say. Other times, we call out to God, “Help me, I can’t do this anymore, and I’ll do anything if you just answer this cry for help”. Then we forget this prayer as soon as the situation abates. We might be left with a sense that the prayer was answered, but that’s as far as it goes. Continue reading Start the Conversation…

What Else is There?

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Continue reading What Else is There?