Yes, I know, it has been way to long since I have written a post. I have been in a bit of a writing slump. It seems to happen when I am super busy and life gets in the way. I am hoping to be back at it in earnest starting today. I am feeling inspired today.
Why you ask? What has me so inspired? Why Facebook, of course!
Have a look see with me, if you will at what I just witnessed in my newsfeed…
[I have blacked out the names except for my friend Todd’s who is the author of the original article.]
The thinking espoused by the woman commenter (highlighted in blue), is indicative of a syndrome I have seen way too often among conservative Christian (particularly evangelical) women. Women like Clare (name changed) have been taught that this is what God expects of her and every other woman. She has been taught that anything outside of this narrow definition is sin. Therefore, in order to validate her own beliefs or life choices, and to suppress any desires in herself that fall outside these narrow parameters of what it means to be a godly woman, she must react in a visceral way by condemning some form of the “Jezebel spirit” in other women. She must do so to the point of oppression if necessary. By this point in life, women like Clare have often convinced themselves that they have never wanted anything that falls outside these parameters. To do so would likely cause a vicious cycle of guilt, condemnation, and repentance that only serves to deepen the hold that the belief has over you.
What a load of flimflammery.
This makes me sad. Not just for humanity as a whole, but for Clare. Clare who honestly believes every single word of what she just said on the above post. Clare who has no idea what true freedom tastes like.
I long for the day when women like Clare are free from the chains placed on them by others that they now wake up every day and place on themselves. Part of the reason I write this blog is for that very purpose. There are too many Clares in the world who have been sold a bill of goods that they cannot go against without risking the very fires of hell. Sadly, they don’t realize that when they are finally free from those chains, when they finally wake up in the morning and say, I will not put those on one. more. time., that it is then that they will actually be FREE FROM HELL.
There was a time in my life when I put on my own chains in the morning. Every time I write this blog, I remind myself that I have laid them down and that I am (hopefully) helping others to lay theirs down as well.
How about you? What chains have you been conditioned to put on every day?
What could happen if you just refused to do it ever again?