Grow: Year of Biblical Womanhood Reflections (Viritual Book Club- Week 3 of 3)
What we’ll be talking about this week:
June: Submission- A Disposition to Yield
July: Justice- Eat More Guinea Pig
August: Silence- I Am Woman, Her Me No More
September: Grace- Days of Awe
Rachel and her husband began their marriage with an assumption that the wife should always submit to the husband in everything. As time went on and marriage roles and responsibilities worked themselves out, they began to realize that they worked together best as what they call “equal partners”. I think this piece of information is important to remember when reading the chapter because it helps the reader understand what type of community her and her husband grew up in, and how her idea of submission is directly tied with her understanding and interpretation of traditional gender roles.
Throughout this chapter, Rachel explores the “biblical womanhood” movement as it relates to the idea of submission. She explores the meaning of “ezer kenegdo” used in Genesis 2:18 “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” as well as some of the popular “submit to your husband” passages– those found in 1 Peter, Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3. I think she does a fair job of explaining some of those passages in its cultural context, and also showing how other passages instruct Christians to submit to one another in general.
The weakest part of this chapter was with Rachel’s experiment of “submission”. Rachel equivocated “submission” with traditional gender roles and 1950s type of family. Granted, those kind of conversations go together in many circles, but biblically those two things aren’t related. Anyway, that’s my warning about the chapter.
2. How did your understanding of the idea of a “help meet” change, if at all through the reading of this chapter?
3. Have you ever put on lipstick before your husband got home? (haha)
“Justice means moving beyond the dichotomy between those who need and those who supply and confronting the frightening and beautiful reality that we desperately need one another.” (Rachel, on the difference between charity and justice, p. 246)
This month Rachel got the opportunity to travel with World Vision to Bolivia. There she had the privilege of meeting some pretty amazing women, several of whom she shares about in this chapter. During this month of justice, Rachel also explored fair trade, and committed to buying only fair trade coffee and chocolate. (Sidenote: I have a post brewing about this for the future!)
1. What does it look like in our everyday lives to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute”… to “speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9)?
1. Have you ever spent time practicing “silence” as a spiritual discipline? If so, share with us about your experience. What was difficult about it? What was refreshing? How did it change your perspective on situations you were dealing with, etc.?
I particularly enjoyed this chapter because, growing up, I had the opportunity to celebrate these two holidays with a family down the road who were Messianic Jews. I was able to experience firsthand the power of celebrating these holidays, even as Christians. In my opinion, the church would be much stronger if we incorporated these holidays into our year.
2. Anyone want to make challah with me? 🙂
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