Thursday, July 28, 2005

A good man is hard to find

Over at the Painted Stoa, the Old Oligarch uses a passage from Hosea to argue that the problems besetting women come about because of the irresponsibility of men. I read a similar passage this morning from Isaiah:

Isa 22:1-5 The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What do you mean that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops, (2) you who are full of shoutings, tumultuous city, exultant town? Your slain are not slain with the sword or dead in battle. (3) All your leaders have fled together; without the bow they were captured. All of you who were found were captured, though they had fled far away. (4) Therefore I said: "Look away from me; let me weep bitter tears; do not labor to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people." (5) For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day of tumult and trampling and confusion in the valley of vision, a battering down of walls and a shouting to the mountains.

Note that the city in question, the "daughter of my people", can literally be the women of the city, or a figure of the Church, which is always characterized as a bride, as a daughter. The Church/women have been despoiled, conquered, but not "with the sword or dead in battle." Rather they have been captured without a swordstroke falling, since "All your leaders have fled together; without the bow they were captured." It fell through cowardice.

The contemporary situation both in Church and in the status of women grows directly out of the abandonment of both by men. Rather than do what we are supposed to do, giving our lives for our wives and for the Church (Ephesians 5:9ff), we turn tail and run, and the enemy despoils our brides and the Bride of Christ.

Do you think women would sell themselves as cheaply if men were really men? We need to shape up, gentlemen.

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