Wednesday, March 3, 2021
God Created All Equally Favoured.
We can be courageous to live so, today!
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Words of Grace For Today
There is something very wrong with this creation account in Genesis. How it has been used makes this very clear to anyone who wishes to pay attention.
While humans are both female and male, the story places one as the first consideration for God, and the other as an after-thought, a help mate for the first.
This story came out of a male biased culture and has been used to place females as a second class kind of human. Abuses have abounded through history based solely on this false preference of God’s for males. These biases and their subsequent abuses used to seem so acceptable to some people, especially those that benefited from them. In truth they always have been an abomination for the whole species.
Today, as it this helps at all, many have turned these biases and abuses on their heads. Females are given free license to devalue, abuse, lie about, gaslight, and even kill males as if it were their birthright as females. This can never set right the abuses of a bias for males. In fact in is worse than the male favoured bias. For many the bias favouring males was unintentional, and it has been supported also by females for their benefit.
The new (to our culture) bias favouring abuse by and benefit for females at the expense of males cannot be claimed by any to be participated unawares. It is the flip of a terrible bias in history. For that matter continuing male-favouring biases is no longer excuseable if it ever was because one was unawares.
A bias participated in aware of it is worse than an accidental bias in that it is on top of everything else consciously chosen.
Female favouring biases are also most often pursued with revenge in mind, i.e. it is as if the abuse is pursued against this good male to take revenge for the abuse of other males, even though they are related on in that they are males.
That kind of blind revenge bias is many measures worse. It claims to set things right, yet it adds layer upon layer of lies and deception and damage to every situation.
Only Grace brings us to live past bias of any kind.
Jesus, on the cross, does not change that woman have next to no possibility to ‘take care of their own business.’ They require a man to own the property and from that provide for the woman. Instead Jesus acknowledges the disadvantage this places upon Mary, his mother, and he ensures that one of the disciples is now recognized by Mary as her son, and she is recognized by him as her mother.
Jesus does not remove the bias. Instead he ensures despite the bias, his followers and his mother are cared for as all people should be.
We can make changes, if all too slowly, to cultural biases. We need to do this with great courage and persistence. We need to do this to remove the bias, not to merely replace it with an equally if not worse bias!
And as we recognize our own sin, and the sin of our culture’s biases, we need to work swiftly and effectively to mitigate the suffering our cultural biases cause people. We need to provide the care every human deserves for everyone we can.
This is the meaning of life, and the purpose of each day. For this we can live grateful lives.