House of Shame or Kingdom of Love?

When Adam sinned by eating the forbidden fruit, he felt ashamed.

When God approached him, he turned his shame into blame: “The woman you gave to me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”

When the mighty empire of Rome began to lose its war with Carthage, its leaders—all men—felt shame. How did they cope? By turning their shame into blame. Women, it was said, were wasting the empire’s resources on selfish indulgence. They had been allowed too much freedom. The gods must be appeased by strengthening the laws that made all women subject to men.

In the middle ages, when “Christian” men were caught in adultery, they felt shame. They turned their shame into blame. Women had allegedly cast spells on them, forcing them to commit impure acts. The unrestrained lust of men was attributed to female sorcery. Women were imprisoned, hanged or burned alive.

Theologians for centuries—all male–have pondered for centuries how humanity could have fallen away from the paradise of Eden. Eve, we’re often told, had rebellion in her heart against God and his created order. She yielded to the serpent, and took her husband—and the rest of the world—down into darkness. As a result, all women must be restored to their rightful place of subjection. Only then will the church, and all humanity, be protected from error.

Blame-shifting,

Control,

Subjugation,

Abuse.

This is not the Kingdom of God. It is a house of shame.

In the light of God’s love for us,

With an understanding of our worth in His eyes,

Will we not turn from the lies of shame?

Will we not come out of the darkness, and meet with the Lord of light?

Will we allow Him to make us clean and forgive the mistakes we all have made?

Will we welcome Him into our hearts and lives to establish His Kingdom of Love?

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