Prevailing Winds "For the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom . . ." 2 Cor. 3:17, TNIV

June 27, 2009

To Clarify (File Under "Avoiding The Appearance Of Evil")

Filed under: Uncategorized — keelyem @ 7:43 pm

I think I made the mistake of assuming that people reading my Farrah Fawcett/Michael Jackson have read most of my previous ones, but that’s likely not the case.

And so I realize that it might raise even a non-Confederate eyebrow or two that I’ve renewed correspondence with another man, so let me explain that Raymond is the one I wrote about two weeks ago, the childhood friend I recently tracked down and who is serving time in an Arizona prison for murder. Please know that my husband encouraged me to write him, rejoiced in Raymond’s belief in Christ, and has every intention of supporting my continued correspondence with him. He even included a note, too.

That Raymond is African-American is enough to incense the neo-Confederates among us, and it’s irrelevant to much of anything here, but it does introduce something about Craig Keener. Keener is the theologian whose name DN raised in our argument below, and is not only an evangelical feminist, but an Anglo man married to a Black African woman. He is ordained in a predominately Black Baptist Church. And so I’m delighted that DN offered, in rebuttal of my non-subordinationist theology, a Christian feminist man beautifully free of the racism that chokes so many of DN’s apparent friends and colleagues. If Keener himself accepts subordinationism, he doesn’t do so in the service of denying the use of women’s spiritual gifts and keeping them out of leadership in the Church, unlike Wayne Grudem.

“Confederate,” another critic, must be apoplectic at this point, and I continue my prayers for him and all in Christiandom choking on the hate and bile of racism. Be assured that my husband is as happy with my friendship with Rudell as I am, and as free of sexist, racist and hierarchical tradition as I would want the father of my children to be. I praise God for him every day of my life.

1 Comment »

  1. Really, I could care less. I believe all men need to hear and believe the gospel.

    Comment by Dontbia Nass — June 27, 2009 @ 11:59 pm

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