You might remember in last month’s column I mused about taming my tongue. I’d like to report I’ve got that problem licked, but it’s not the case. Beware; state publicly that you’re making an effort, and the dark side makes a habit of throwing temptation your way.
After said column was published, Rush Limbaugh, not exactly known for his tongue-taming prowess, got into a bit of trouble. His words made me mad. Really mad. Because I believe women deserve better than to be spoken of so disparagingly, especially in the public square. I said so, and called Mr. Limbaugh a misogynist. So, basically, I called someone a name for calling someone else a name. My bad.
Before we go further, I must clarify. Limbaugh hasn’t been the only one to disparage women in public, and I should have gotten equally as mad when others did. Humble pie, swallowed.
You know, there are many people who wear their love for the Lord on their sleeve. I know instantly when I meet someone whose spirit is led by Him. Theirs is a peaceful and calm and wise one. Steeped in grace, their demeanor, actions and words align with their call to live a life called to follow Christ. Even when they’re angry. And I want to be one of them. Yep — I’m a Christ-like “wanna-be.” But I’m still navigating that journey. How about you?
Still, I believe people of faith can and should speak out against injustice. I’ve said before we should lead the charge in calling for civility in our public discourse — that we should model disagreeing agreeably. And like me, we’ll fail at times. But the daughters of God deserve better treatment than the worst kind of name calling (sons, too, but today’s just for the ladies).
Seems the brew-ha-ha over the last few weeks gave voice to the notion that sexism is still alive and well. The denigrating language used to describe women suggests there is work to be done.
There is no doubt in my mind the equal status of women was authored by the Creator Himself. The account in Genesis 1:26-28 tells us, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…” I think this suggests we are two sides to one coin, each lending essential characteristics to fulfilling our destiny as people. And scripture points to many women whom God chose to help build His Kingdom.
Sarah faced her fear and trusted in the Lord’s direction (Genesis 12:5). Esther risked her own life to plead to the king on behalf of her people (Esther 4:16). Deborah served as a judge, prophet and warrior during rebellious times (Judges 4:5). Mary gave birth to the savior, and bore witness to her son’s excruciating death, but remained faithful (Acts 1:14). Each of these ladies chronicles our collective story as the daughters of God. And each one of us is worthy of respect — in our homes, at the office, and in the media.
And while I’m still smarting over the language Limbaugh used to illustrate his point, I, too, am called to forgive. Like I said, a work in progress!
•Ahwatukee Foothills resident Diane Meehl worships, serves and enjoys fellowship at Mountain View Lutheran Church. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.