Saturday, April 26, 2014

Are Burkas Back in Style?

photo by Osvaldo Saf / flickr
One little girl was overheard while praying:  "Dear God, are boys better than girls? I know you are one, but try to be fair."

Sometimes when I get depressed about the church I remember that this new breed of Pastors may just be on to something. Many of them are bright, media savvy, have a strong social conscience. They are wise in most of their insights, male and female—and are fair as they tackle the hard issues.

Barrett Owen is a Pastor of the National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia. He also serves on the staff of McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta. I hope you’ll read his fine comments on women and the church. His blog piece is entitled, “My Wife and I Are Partners.” (

It is hard for me to believe that in 2014 we still have some churches and denominations that are fighting the women’s issue. Huh? Some Pastors are still wed to the Old Testament view when women were treated about the way many of them are still treated today in Afghanistan and Iraq and other countries. This was the world of Jesus. He had many enemies for many reasons. One reason was his attitude toward women. He took everyone in. So when we read the Old Testament and some of New Testament writings about women being submissive, etc—we need to remember that the prism through which we are to filter the whole Bible is Jesus. He is our high water mark.

When the Gospel is understood—the Burkas will be packed away forever. I appreciate Pastor Owen and what he had to say about this issue.


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