Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Eugene Cho - The Danger of Being a Woman

by Joel Hawting | @jhawting

I came across a fantastic blog post by Eugene Cho this morning entitled 'The Danger of Being a Woman.' I've only recently come across Eugene Cho on the blogosphere but from what I've read both on his blog and on twitter so far, I must say I am impressed with his heart for God and his passion for the out-workings of radical Christian love and faith to be displayed throughout society.

To read Eugene's post in full click here and you can watch the video Eugene refers to below.

Here are some quotes from his blog post that particularly impacted me:

"As I’ve contended before on my blog, the treatment of women is the oldest injustice in human history. It’s so old and so taken for granted, that we don’t quite understand what’s at stake – not just for women, but really, for all of us. In more nuanced and simultaneously graphic ways, women are objects to be objectified and marketed and packaged for consumption. And these messages start early and often in human development and identity.Girls are taught at a every young age their worth is dependent on what they look like. Their body and not their mind.”

"Couple years ago, one of my daughters was celebrating her 8th birthday and had about 9 of her friends from school at a sleepover party. While they watched movies, talked, laughed, and played games, I tried my best not to interfere but on one occasion, I slowly walked down the stairs to the basement where they were playing and was absolutely heartbroken over their conversation. These 8 and 9-year-old girls were going around and sharing with each other…how much weight they wanted to lose."

"Jesus’ death not only reconciles sin but his life reveals the true reflection and way of the Kingdom. The apostle Paul captures this vision of the Kingdom so compellingly in Galatians 3:28 when he subverts the dominant worldview through the lens of the Kingdom: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Such powerful words. Such beautiful vision of what God intended and promises to restore. And so with that vision and path in mind, may we all work together to create a more just world where we can honor and celebrate the unique ways in way God created us rather that using our differences to manipulate, exploit, and rule over."

Amen, Amen, Amen to that last quote. This is an extremely important issue and one that the church needs to better address in ensuring that both women and men are viewed and treated with the same respect and dignity that they deserve. After all, we are all created in the image of God (Gen 1:27). We all deserve to be cherished, respected, valued and loved for who we are: Sons and Daughters of the Living God (2 Cor 6:18). As Eugene said, "...may we all work together to create a more just world where we can honor and celebrate the unique way God created us rather than using our differences to manipulate, exploit, and rule over." That would be Christ-like; that would be expressing Christ's love to all.

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