Interesting week; also Blog Stats

If the first week of college is any indication what kind of life I’m going to have over the next several years, then I’m going to need a lot of comfort food and compassion. I’m taking 13 credits this term and have found that it’s plenty of homework, every. single. day.

Yes, I cried when I got overwhelmed from my first math assignment and writing assignment. I seriously thought about quitting. In a moment of desperation, I called the academic advising office of the school and asked when the last day to quit school was before I was financially responsible for the bill. Okay, these are true confessions here, so please don’t hate me. 🙂 This was a major life adjustment for me to go to college, and really, all I’ve known for most of my adult years was keeping children on task with their work, and I wasn’t even good at that. After all the drama of the first real day of college subsided, my daughter and son — seasoned college students themselves — guided me through the regimen of my homework assignments. I’m forever grateful to them.

Despite my tenuous beginnings, it was such joy to actually grasp some math concepts that had eluded me all these years out of high school. My teenage years were riddled with struggles and physical difficulties with my diabetes. Academics were secondary to my own survival needs. Being in a college classroom as an adult has been liberating for me. I’m learning because I want to learn, not because I have to.

This idea of liberation reminds me of the writing assignment I have to complete. I read Frederick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write” from his autobiography Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave and it opened my eyes to the joys of liberation of thought. His account of his life as a slave is truly inspiring and reveals a society that we can’t imagine in our 21st century mindset. However, in some societal circles in 2010, I’m finding slavery still exists for some who weren’t born into the right gender.

As I was thinking about Frederick Douglass’ journey of liberation, my thoughts turned to my blog stats. Not a week goes by that someone has landed on my blog from a search phrased something like the following:

~ husband as prophet & priest
~ husband prophet priest king
~ bob lepine and what women should know ab
~ wives prophets husbands kings
~ father husband prophet
~ husband as prophet priest and king
~ prophet priest king
[I wonder what they were looking for]

And if those weren’t indicative enough, here are some very troubling entries here:

~ subordination of the son piper
~ eternal subordination of the son

It seems to me, that even though our Western society has made great strides in recognizing the inalienable, God-given right of each individual to realize their value in society and be counted as an equal person and citizen, the Church of Jesus and certain ones within the Christianized societies still are wrestling with the inalienable right to full and spiritual personhood for women. The entries on the subordination of the Son (Jesus) are amazing, since the Bible states, “the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3)

We need to know, my fellow believers in Jesus, that He is God, and is not subordinated to the Father. This argument was dealt with in the early church at the First Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Arius’ heresy was taking root and the people during that time would sing songs with the words, “There was a time when the Son was not”! The false teaching needed to be addressed and corrected, and that’s what was accomplished at the First Council of Nicaea.

In some circles, such as the homeschool movement among evangelical Christians, the idea of a spiritual priesthood of men because of their gender is gaining strength. “Families must be saved!” they use in their battle cries and “Men need to take their position back as the ‘head’ of their home and family!” are frequently heard in many homeschool conferences. The presupposition in these Christian sects or cultures is that women were never meant to have leadership in A.) the home, B.) with their children C.) the church congregations and D.) and secular society or government. For a woman to take a leadership position is for her to be falling into to temptation of “usurping” male dominance and neglecting her “role” as a woman.

These assertions about women and their identity as people made in the image of God, or Imago Dei, are based on presuppositions of what the Bible informs us. Often a careful reading and studying of the biblical texts will reveal a God who seeks to free His people, and this reading and studying does especially well with a thorough saturation of prayer over it.

I’m grateful for those that have gone before, like Frederick Douglass, who have opened our society’s collective eyes to the true personhood of each and every person God has created in His image. I’m praying for my brothers and sisters in Christ to come to the realization of our shared eternal inheritance in Jesus, and the great freedoms He’s given us to share with others.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28

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3 Responses to “Interesting week; also Blog Stats”

  1. Alex Macdonald Says:

    Hey! Nice post. I’d just like to raise something, however. The way that Piper (and others with his perspective; e.g. Wayne Grudem and Bruce Ware) talks about this “subordination” is in a different sense to the subordinationism heresy of Arius. This heresy regarded the ontological subordination, i.e. that the Son is inferior or less divine/eternal than the Father. The subordination here is more modernly portrayed as submission; the Father sends the Son. The fact that Father and Son are revealed as Father and Son suggest that there IS a difference in their person (not in the divinity, in their essence, and so on). This is that the Son submits to the rule of the Father. It is clear that this happens AT LEAST during the incarnation. The debate is really whether this is an eternal thing. I lean towards yes, but the key thing to note is that those like Wayne Grudem and who are claiming the eternal subordination are not suggesting that Christ is inferior in any way.

    • Kathleen Says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I have read enough from Wayne Grudem (I own his Systematic Theology) and Bruce Ware to know they are way off on some very important issues concerning the “role” of men and women in the Bible to believe that they are convinced that there must be an eternal pattern that we must follow on the earth with our relationships between the sexes and with hierarchies.

      I’m short on time, so I will leave you with this from another person, Paul Burleson, on some of this subject:

      http://vtmbottomline.blogspot.com/2009/03/is-jesus-eternally-subordinately-to.html
      ————-
      “In fact, the ‘head’ in Greek culture was thought to be the souce of life. Just as the loins were thought od as the seat of emotions and the heart was the center or essence of being. So what we have in this verse is a word used that might make perfect sense to those of us living in the American culture who think of it as meaning “boss”but it sure isn’t the sense of that day at all.

      This is NOT to say that in the incarnation moment there was not a submission of Jesus to the express will of the Father. He was. But always remember even then the word used is a Greek word “Hupo tasso” meaning one of equal value and voice choosing [middle voice] to serve another. That was, after all, the express PURPOSE of the incarnation [to live with perfect obedience as man] which culminated in the Cross where He became our substitute as the sinless Lamb of God.

      That idea of submission is not the natural flow of this passage at all. Source is the natural flow. And by the way, do you realize that no where in scripture is a husband told to lead his wife? [He is told to serve her.]The words lead, leader, servant-leader, spiritual leader are not there at all. Paul doesn’t use them. Peter doesn’t use them. And most of all Jesus never does. These words are only DERIVED logically from the word “head” used here and in Eph 5 meaning what our culture means by it. But if Paul had a different idea he wished to convey to that culture we will really miss it thinking of “head” the way we do.”
      —————-

      This is what I believe, and until God tells me, I won’t ever believe in a hierarchy either between the Father and the Son (eternally) and the relationship between men and women, which is what CBMW (Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Piper, Grudem, Ware, Randy Stinson, Mark Driscoll, and many others) believes and teaches.

      Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. Kathleen Says:

    If you want more thoughtful discussion on this subject, I know of a few places that are good for learning.

    http://strivetoenter.com/wim/?s=eternal+subordination+of+the+son

    and this discussion here:
    http://www.achurchinryde.com/blog/?p=318

    This is by no means an exhaustive list. I have so many other links but am now busy with college studies, so I’ll just trust that you are on a prayerful search for the truth through Jesus, as I was when I started my journey.

    God bless!

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