Ya’ll havin’ possum fer supper?
Reading Scot McKnight’s Blue Parakeet against the backdrop of the famed Lonesome Dove series makes one really wonder what took women so long to form their resistance.
As a teaser to what Mr. McKnight will propose I thought it necessary to first acknowledge the heretical mockery of the relationship between men and women that has plagued nearly all of world history. Following some sound teaching, here is what I believe the Bible must be heard as saying; God sees the female gender as one and equal to the male gender. They are different, with each having special responsibilities to the body, and yet equal, everyone being one in Christ Jesus.
Elaborating on a recent comment from a nearby pulpit, I believe that when Paul calls upon wives to subject themselves to their husbands, he does not give the husband the right to demand that subjection. For a husband to demand anything of his wife goes against the very principle marriage is signifying; Jesus and His Church. How will the husband love his wife as Christ loves His church if he insists on doing so with proverbial whips and chains. This muddies much the entire faith.
Continuing with that pulpit-ish thought, I also believe that Paul only called wives to subject themselves to their own husbands, his words not indicative to other men, because I do not believe that he sees men reigning over women in God’s Kingdom.
I am infatuated instead by the author’s description of the first marriage according to Scripture. God created the man in His image then took the woman from the side of the man. In the creation account, one became two because it was not good for the man to be alone, but then God immediately made the two one again, in marriage. This act of reconciliation will be God’s perfect demonstration of what our relationship with Christ looks like, a husband and his bride.
I will be upfront and tell you that I’m not fully confident yet that I find myself agreeing entirely with the author of this book in every detail of what he offers his readers, but I thoroughly appreciate his stance against the place history has resigned women to for far too long.