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It's raining here today, just like it did yesterday afternoon. Started around 2pm, now ninety minutes and probably an inch and half later and it's just now letting up a little bit. That's a good thing for the most part, since we (a) need the rain, and (b) it cools things way down in the sultry humid sweaty nasty Midlands of SC. We're going to "chill out" at friends' tonight, letting the kids bring some DVDs and the Gameboy, letting us just sit around and enjoy one more weekend evening before school starts back and the end of summer leads into the busyness of this fall.

I wrote in my wirebound notebook this morning that I'm seeing things from a different perspective right now. It's overwhelming that there's so much to do, and it's overwhelming that there's no real overwhelming pressure from anyone other than myself. I want to do a good job, want to design and implement and deliver on what's expected - and I'm the one who's pressuring myself to do just that. I'm hoping it's a form of ownership for the project, not a delusional need to please. Naah - can't be that.

I'm reading by Rob Bell - man, I wasn't ready to get blindsided like that. In chapter two ("movement two", if I'm following correctly), Bell is writing on interpretation and the need for community to look at what's written in the Bible and determine how that's to be lived out in real life. I've wrestled with some of this already, so I was reading and not really paying attention when he got to the point of wifely-submission-to-husbands. "What about the verse that talks about women having authority over their husbands?" (p. 043) - what? I never knew there was a verse that said that, so I looked it up per the reference, and there it is: "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does" (1 Cor. 7:14, nas). It's not that I thought we didn't already have a healthy idea of what the passages in Ephesians 5-6 meant in terms of mutual submission in relationships and in the marriage relationship in particular, just that I'd never put the one passage side by side with the other, including the same author and the same Holy Spirit doing the inspiration of these seemingly paradoxical paragraphs. I think the "broadside" was just that here's another example of "black and white" being alot more grey than we're usually comfortable with. It's only together, in marriage and together as a group of like-minded and challenged-to-grow Christians, can we hope to make sense of what God's given to us in His Word.

Looks like the rain has slowed to a slight drizzle, and the temperature is in the low 70s rather than the upper 90s as it has been this past week. For now, the deluge might be this post, more than the rain that's still streaming down the gutters out on the street.

[photos from WISTV.com]


Blogger Orikinla Osinachi. said...

Good narrative post on the weather, the mood and your state of mind on the subject of 'VELVET JESUS".

God has always been very transparent. Only that we often choose the parts of his holy scriptures that we like to hear or read and we skip the ones we fear to admit the bitter truth.

If we are one body in the communion of marriage, then we are equal life partners. And we should submit to one another. But we men often want to lord it over the women more from the weaker sex point of view than from the biblical point of view.

31/7/05 4:05 PM  
Anonymous J. said...

I think a lot of people pick and choose scriptures in an attempt to support their own agendas.

Many members of the KKK consider themselves to be part of a Biblically correct organization.

Sexism and racism is an invention of man, not God. But, alas, we are only human, although that is no excuse to not aim higher.


31/7/05 5:19 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks for commenting, y'all. i think we do tend to grab what we like and discard what we don't, and the sexism thing is just one example as you've pointed out. my beef is: why can't we get along, let others have different views, and still learn from each other in the process?

31/7/05 10:38 PM  

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