Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Why Did I Start This Blog?

I believe I first got the idea of starting a blog from my parents. We had just attended a Worldview Conference in Georgia, put on by American Vision in May of 2006. During the five-hour car trip home, we were all eagerly discussing ways to apply what we had learned. Not only did we learn an immeasurable amount from the lectures, we also gleaned so much from just talking to people at the conference and through observing the other families there. My parents suggested that we start a blog, where we could post what the Lord laid on our hearts.

Lately, the Lord has burdened Leslie and me about the the fate of Biblical womanhood in the Christian community today. Christian women have so many pressures on them from every direction: from their families, their friends, the churches, the government, and society at large. They are pressured to possess characteristics that God never intended them to possess, to assume positions never ordained by God, and to develop entire attitudes that do not line up with God's wonderful plan for a woman's life!

Many would gasp at these seemingly radical ideas. Didn't the feminist movement do much to remedy the "plight" of women? Only yesterday, on the front page of AOL news, there was an article about a church that fired a woman from her Sunday school teaching "job" merely because she was a woman. The church had "adopted" an interpretation of the Bible which forbade a woman from being in position of spiritual authority over a man. The article stated, in part, "The First Baptist Church dismissed Mary Lambert on Aug. 9 with a letter explaining that the church had adopted an interpretation [of the Bible] that prohibits women
from teaching men. She had taught there for 54 years." The pastor was also a congressman, and the town mayor made the comment, "If what's said in that letter reflects the councilman's views, those are disturbing remarkes in this day and age. Maybe they wouldn't have been disturbing 500 years ago, but they are disturbing now."

But societal changes do not change the Bible. God, the Author of His Word, is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We must stop adjusting our interpretations of the Bible so that they correspond with societal norms.

On this blog, I hope to study what God's plan for a woman's life is, from start to finish. I don't claim to have "arrived," or any such nonsense. On the contrary, I am creating this blog more to help me grow, through the grace of God, than in the expectation that everyone who reads it will undergo a dramatic transformation, although I pray that the Lord will use this in some way in other young ladies' lives. I believe that the Lord will use this blog and His Word to help me draw nearer to at least a semblance of the godly, Proverbs 31 woman.

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