Saturday, July 19, 2014

Women and the Receptive Posture toward God

The body of the woman with its receptive nature is an icon of what ought to be our spiritual stance toward God.  Women have the great privilege of representing in their bodies what it truly means to be human in relation to God.  Jesus taught the same truth when he said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," or, when he pointed to helpless, little infants as a picture of those who are in his kingdom.  Receptivity is the only stance possible before the true God, who alone is self-existent and independent.

But this great privilege of women, sadly, leads to misogyny, for it reminds the world of its sin and rebellion against God.  Rather than a receptive attitude toward the Lord, the world opts for an independence and lust-filled grasping, that wants to be like God, without God.  Thus, the world opts for masculine idols that encourage independence, self-assertiveness, and self-gratification.  Thus, in fighting against God, we also fight against what it means to be truly human, with a receptive attitude toward the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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