So I read about the woman who was fired from her Sunday School teaching job–which she had held for more than 50 years–because the church where she taught has a new pastor. And this pastor? He wants to return to a literal interpretation of the Bible. One of his first moves?
1 Timothy 2:11 -14 of the New Testament: “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.”
Wow. That damn Eve. She sure has caused a lot of problems for us women.
I would like to just say this is a case of Stick-Up-The-Ass-Itis-Supremist but there is always more to the story, so I did some digging. I discovered this pastor has made many changes that a small faction of the church did not support, and they were outspoken about those changes. They went to the media. This woman was one of those people.
Now, knowing what you know about her, would you REALLY be stupid enough to send her a letter stating she was being fired because she was a woman and could not teach men?
Good God, Pastor Timothy LaBouf, hand the woman a hand grenade and offer to pull the PIN for her!
Of course, Pastor LaBouf is backpedaling frantically. His basic excuse? I like women. I work with women. Women are great. Women should hold any job they want–except at my church.
Hmm. Here is LaBouf’s official response.
LaBouf said, in part:
I have a number of female acquaintances and friends that work in our business community, in the military and in other professional situations that I have always treated with respect and with the utmost regards. I have supported many of them in their professional endeavors and will continue to conduct myself in the same manner.
I propose that if LaBouf is going to push a literal interpretation of the Bible, who should be forced to do it in EVERY aspect, and not just one that allows him to force women into submission. Whenever I read interpretations of the Bible, I see that some verses are taken literally, while others are figurative.
For example, take this passage: “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out,” (Matthew 5:29).
Taken literally, there would be a whole hell of a lot of ONE-EYED Christians running around. So they pretty much choose to take that one figuratively.
The problem comes because individuals, such as LaBouf, are deciding WHAT is literal and what is meant figuratively. And using their OWN interpretations. And since God isn’t here to speak for himself, well, the meanings can be a little muddied. Some, like the gouging eye thing, are easy to understand. If you take THAT one literally, it’s going to hurt.
Next time I see a picture of LaBouf, he better be missing that right eye…..