Monday, February 18, 2008

A Little Housekeeping

There were several other blogs listed in my profile that I have either never contributed to, or haven't written for in a long time.

In the interest of accuracy, I've removed these other blogs from my profile, so that only my sole-owner blog, The Psaltery (this one) appears in the profile.

I have a great deal of respect for women in the emergent church movement. However, as a Christian who worships and serves within an established denomination (The United Methodist Church), and as someone who has never participated in emerging church activities, I'm not going to continue to unwittingly misrepresent myself to careless readers as "emergent." Some people apparently are willing to decide they know all kinds of things about my knowledge of the Holy Scriptures based on the titles of blogs listed in my profile. (Silly, yes, but it's happened.)

Yes, the religiously-popular "f-word" (feminist) is accurate enough about me. I'm one of those radical people who believes that feminism--that is, the inherent equality of men and women as fellow members of the human race--is an essential part of correctly understanding who we are as created beings in the family of God.

I'm not sure my latest accuser will ever actually bother to read what I write here. No matter. She already has her reward, as do those who join her in false accusations and character assassination about anyone who doesn't accept their false premise that this world's tradition of men ruling over women is godly. They say that patriarchy is an essential of the gospel. Some gospel, yes, I'm sure. But not the gospel of Jesus Christ, into whose image all Christians are called to be conformed. Biblical equality IS biblical. I call my critics to repentance in their attacks against me and my fellow egalitarians. If they ever decide to deal with the truth, they'll find in me a sister in the Lord. They're the ones who've sinfully decided that accepting a worldly practice--patriarchy--is the deciding factor in who's a member of the body of Christ.

1 Cor. 12:12-31


P.S. an after-thought said...

I've always liked people who speak their mind directly!

And Amen!

Anonymous said...

Nicely said. I am not emergent, per se, either. I listen and resonate with much they say, but I don't think I qualify for their cadre. I love them just as they are...and know they are in process just as I am.

Now, as for you! You are the best. I love you just as you are and probably find myself more in how you describe yourself than about anyone online. Even though we are not in the same denomination. But, I like that! I am independent in that!

I really do wish someone BIG and respected would put this whole thing out of the good old boys club. Sheesh. I like how you described it: Patriarchy is not of the Gospel. In fact, I think Jesus pretty much dispelled that on a lot of accounts. I'm just saying what I read in the scripture!

Take care and keep on being 100% you.

simplegifts3 said...

Hi, Psalmist. I'm paying you a visit here to answer a question raised elsewhere, because it appears that person (you know who) wants to give things a rest.

I had to look up the definition of "bloviate," and yes, it was a very poor choice of words on the part of the person who used it.

Psalmist said...

Hi, Simplegifts. Thank you for the comment. Sorry for contributing to things getting out of hand. I think we all knew there was little or no chance that she would 'fess up and take responsibility for the many terrible things she says, at your place and elsewhere.

Psalmist said...

P.S. and Paisley, thank you both for reading and commenting. I meant to say that earlier, but was a bit distracted (talking to someone about a possible long-term consultancy--pray for me?).

Anonymous said...

I have already been praying daily..."But Lord, let me at lest remain open to your initiative; let me wait patiently and attentively for that hour when you will come and brek through all the walls I have erected. Teach me, O Lord, to pray. Amen." From "A Cry for Mercy" by Henri J. M. Nouwen

Psalmist said...

Thanks, Paisley!