One of our newsletter readers wrote us to say:
Although I consider myself a feminist, I do not have an issue with all the male centeredness of the scriptures. I get that the Bible is based on a society that no longer exists. I have as much of an issue calling God mother, or the Holy Spirit Her. What is important for me is not that we change the historical scriptures, but that we change our hearts, and change our lives so that we follow the great command of Jesus, to love one another. I appreciate those who take the time to ensure that as modern Christians we are reflective in our words. I learn more every day. In fact, ask me about this in a year or two, maybe by then I will change my mind! ~TKA
Our Community Priest Ann Klonowski responds:
You are right when you say we should keep the focus on Jesus' message of love and compassion. But that message gets easily lost in cultural misrepresentation. The unfortunate truth is that oppressors have gone to the Bible as a source of justification for oppression. They point to a "male" God and claim male dominance as the normal order ordained by God. Oppressors have cherry-picked their way through scripture to justify racism, slavery, misogyny and homophobia.
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