Theology, Politics and Money are Smokescreens – It’s Always and Only Power

Women are clearly  the most discriminated group of people  in history. If you remove race, money and religion but add gender you will see what I mean.

Women and girls have been discriminated against for millennia by men – in recent history it’s been mostly white men. Jesus isn’t happy with this set up which is why (unlike men) he never met a woman he didn’t like and he played favorites with women.

It was his example that prompted me to expose the misuse and abuse of power by people who call themselves followers of Jesus ad why I chose to tell the stories of 15 women who call themselves (or called themselves) Christians. It’s to provide reasonable people with a rationale to change their thinking and to introduce people to each other in the hopes that they might like someone they expected to well… hate.

If you are interested in being part of this conversation join Barna Group President David Kinnaman and me next Monday night for The Cloud a 60- minute talk show on your cell phone (not a lecture centric conference call).

7 thoughts on “Theology, Politics and Money are Smokescreens – It’s Always and Only Power

  1. I am currently going thru a study of early church history and am DISGUSTED that , in the first 300 ish years, women were EQUAL in the church and then the FIRST of many man/power combos came along–Constantine. I have seen this in my life as well. The Moral Majority of the 80’s and now again in the Republican party. As a registered Republican and Evangelical Christian, there is NO ONE in the GOP that I could even consider and stay consistent with my faith. THey are SO screwing themselves and the church over by being blatant bigots against many groups.

  2. Read The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox and The Mtyh of A Christian Nation by Greg Boyd

  3. I agree with your assessment, Jim. I think the most powerful, most visible representatives of Christianity are inclined to be out of step with God on the three most important trends of the past century: the removal of the age-old burdens of physical labor with the unequal distribution of wealth that this produces; the advance of democracy and destruction of autocracy; and the liberation (I use that word in its best sense) of women worldwide.

    I’m wondering if you or any of your readers can point to early events and turning points that would mark when women began to be set free both in the church and in the secular culture?

  4. I so agree with it being an issue of power. And I am tired of it. Notice how they usually couch the argument. “Women are only complaining because they want power and to usurp a man’s place” but doesn’t that prove the issue that men want power and do not want anything (or anyone) that might threaten it? Not only am I experienced with this type of misuse of power, I deal with it all the time in my ministry and the hurt and pain it causes – as well as the result of turning women away from church – and often the faith.

  5. thanks Jim for collecting us to share our stories and to listen to the stories of others. Power is always given for the service of others and I thank you for stepping into these conversations with us,for stirring the pot and for holding both my fury and my compassion.

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