The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | Jimmy Carter

The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | Jimmy Carter | The Observer.

So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief – confirmed in the holy scriptures – that we are all equal in the eyes of God.

Worth reading the whole thing.

Hat tip: Bridget Jack Meyers

3 thoughts on “The words of God do not justify cruelty to women | Jimmy Carter

  1. Suzanne

    I attribute my blog in part to the words of Jimmy Carter and Stephen Lewis. Two years ago I wrote,
    It is interesting though that Jimmy Carter in Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, called for more women to speak out. He writes,
    “Women are greatly abused in many countries in the world, and the alleviation of their plight is made less likely by the mandated subservience of women by Christian fundamentalists. What is especially disappointing to me is the docile acceptance by so many strong Christian women of their subjugation and restricted role.” page 93
    So I speak out and wonder in what way I can impact on the condition of women in other countries and cultures. I remember recently Stephen Lewis, a Canadian politician, returned from Africa and was speaking on the radio about the condition of women in places in Africa he had visited. He started to cry and was unable to continue speaking for a few minutes.

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  2. Graham

    I have been lurking on your blog for a few weeks.
    As a fellow Methodist Minister, I am coming round to the idea that perhaps we need to regard anything that treats women less equally than men with the same force as we treat racism….. (retires and waits for the explosion).
    Not in the sense that women have the right to be ministers/priests/elders whatever (for men don’t have that ‘right’)… but it is about God’s grace and God’s calling.
    I applaud Jimmy Carter’s stand (and I met he is so pleased that an unknown Methodist says that!)

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  3. Dave

    Suzzane,
    Thanks for sharing that. Two powerful testimonies.
    Graham,
    Agreed, although I would also like us to be stronger than we are on racism.

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