Last Sunday was ‘youth Sunday’ in church. One of the young guys preached the sermon. There were a few things about the sermon that were, let’s say a little ‘sketchy’, but the phrase that really got under my skin was that women are the property of their husbands and how husbands own their wives. This was clearly what this young lad had been told and had seen around him. I am not one to buck on too many cultural trends but this is one that I thought needed addressing, particularly within the church. At the end of the sermon there was a little ‘interlude’ whilst the youth were counting tithing. The service leader clearly wasn’t happy with a bit of silence and waiting, so she called up a couple of random people and asked them to share something. I was one of those people. She asked me to share a short word, I tried to be a little bit funny and say the word ‘one’, a joke that was lost. She then said something about me being the property of Daniel and how Daniel owned me. ‘Hold on, I have a word now’ I said. I then just shared briefly how I was married, but how Daniel did not own me, and how I was not his property. I also said that I prayed that the women in the church were not the property of their husbands and that their husbands didn’t own them – I got a little cheer from the women at the back. Let’s hope and pray that this is an attitude that can change, particularly amongst the youth here.
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Thanks Jen 🙂 I have tried to put a call out to the Anglican church to come out and do some proper theological/pastor training. But not sure if I will get an answer.