In the book of Micah we are commanded to ‘Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God’. In Galatians Paul recalls being encouraged by the other apostles to ‘remember the poor’ as he preached the gospel. His response was to declare that he was most eager to do just that!
These weekly tips are to help us start seeking justice wherever we are. They are small, practical steps that we can all do and that together will make a huge difference. I want to take my personal justice seeking up a level this year and so I am going to try something new each week.
I hope you will join me.
Act Justly Now- Habit 13: Gender justice
Last week was about understanding why justice matters and how we seek it from some key Bible passages. We are people shaped by the book and so understanding justice from God’s perspective is vitally important if we are to seek first the Kingdom and not just seek humanitarianism. I made a video of my reflections on Luke 4 and my thoughts on the other passages will get posted in the next few weeks.
What am I going to do this week?
This week is about the gender justice. I am going to examine my own attitudes and actions and repent of where I have wrong attitudes to women.
How am I going to do this?
I am going to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me where I have aggressive, patronising or inappropriate attitudes to women. I am going to open myself up to the Holy Spirit by asking the women around me to help me see through my blind spots in this area. I will ask them for honest feedback, challenge, forgiveness and help to change. Maybe if you are reading this as a woman it might be illuminating to ask other women where you cooperate with male dominance and inappropriate behaviour in humour, attitudes, or aggressive and inappropriate behaviour. The beginning of change for all of us is to begin to see more clearly.
I am writing this in South Africa where according to government statistics one in every three women have been raped and one in four men admit to rape. The reality will be worse than the statistics. Across the world sexual violence is widespread and incredibly destructive. I have been working with the team here on developing a strategy to combat sexual violence for Tearfund globally. In thinking it through the obvious conclusion is that it starts with me. Whether it is false ideas of male headship, traditional ideas of patriarchy, social practices of polygamy, marriage rules and property rights, ‘casual’ patronising humour and put downs and very real glass ceilings or the terrifying reality of physical and sexual abuse and violence as a man I must stand before God and my sisters and live differently. I have written a bit about this here. My friends at Restored have developed the great First Man Standing campaign to help men live differently. They have great resources for women as well.
Will you join me?
It would be great to have friends for the journey and so if you start doing this then do let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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