There’s a wolf among the flock. It’s an unsettling reality. I read the news, daily– I think it’s important to know what is happening in the world and in some strange way it helps me focus my energy and prayer life. The challenge (as most of you know) is that much of the news is negative and heartbreaking. It’s a constant reminder of the brokeness (sin) that exists in human relationships, and the very real need for prayer and compassion. The “wolf” I’m speaking of is the pervasive and horrifying presence of violence among the inocent people of this world. Next to violence against children, the suffering endured by (opressed) women is one of the hardest things for me to read about. The seemingly unending rape/murders occuring in India has weighed heavily on my mind as has the continued campus shootings in America. I am reminded of the Rogers and Hammerstein song, “You’ve Got to Be Taught”, because the real issue is that our culture, collectively, allows a space for this kind of violence, and it is taught. Somewhere we have forgotten the important place of women in our society. We have neglected our mothers and our sisters and forced them into hidding and fear. To quote a recent article by Bishop Robinson (ret.), “Not all men are abusive or violent, but not enough men are willing to look at how the world is set up to benefit them at the expense of women.” The church has a role to play in this conversation and in supporting women equally. We are called to love… God and one another, yet “whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother or sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” (1 John 4:20 NIV) The wolf among the flock can be driven out, but only if the flock is willing to trust in the shepherd and love one another.
The article mentioned was shared with me by my dear friend Sophia, please check it out. #YesAllWomen