a conversation about "a Generous Orthodoxy", a book by Brian D. McLaren
is it a challenge for brian to find or listen to more women, or a challenge for more women to be more vocal in this process?
Sure women need to be vocal so does every other person who has been opressed by the dominant culture, but as Christians we need to be about acts of justice in this world and that means for some of us who have a seat at the table to make room for those who don't or haven't. White dudes need to be more vocal for those not at the table. This really is a justice issue. It has nothing to do with feminism or liberalism... it is plainly about justice. That's my 10 cents.Rick
If the Kingdom is truly the Kingdom, then there will be in men and women, boys and girls sitting at "Table" together. I don't think there will be a "boy's" side or a "girl's" side, with one being quiet and the other talking. To open up and be with and for each other, takes courage and grace. Having a conversation takes two who are both willing to listen and talk. Brian does the "both/and" well. I think that is the point of the book. But it would have been great if one of his chapters could have been "Equalitarian/Communitarian?"
Jesus' concern before making everyone equal under salvation--which He will do at His coming, was to take the last place, the place of a servant, the place of humility.Women are most honored to be in a place of sumbission, for the last shall be first, and the leader of all, the servant.It would not surprise me to see a woman at the right hand of Jesus in the kingdom. (Remember Jesus' reference to John the Baptist as the greatest--yet the least in the kingdom of heaven would be greater).Jesus was not primarily concerned about freeing slaves right away, or bringing about social equality, or giving women political rights.To you emergents I would remind you that in addition to "The kingdom of God is within/among you," He also said, "My kingdom is not of this world."Which world are we (women and men) living for? This one or the next? If we live like Jesus, for heaven, that will be the best remedy for this world as well.
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