True Womanhood – Compassionless Christianity

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  • http://avanomaly.blogspot.com/ Jamie

    “…I looked for compassion and only found condescension.” Yup. There it is. In a nutshell.
    I’m working on that compassion in so many ways lacking in my own life. One thing for sure, it doesn’t come from saying more churchy words. It comes from listening and being with people where they are even if it’s highly uncomfortable. (It is.)

  • http://www.allthingsbeautifulblog.com/ Alyssa Bacon-Liu

    O____o <—- my face while reading this.

    Good Lord.

  • Kari

    Many good thoughts here, thank you for the post, I will continue to consider your points. Sanger, however, is not objectionable because of the Pill. Do an honest study on her life and objectives. She was a Hitler-era eugenicist.

  • http://www.allthingstruthful.wordpress.com/ Bethany Grace Paget

    Um wow. Just wow. It saddens me that this ideology is so pervasive within the church and that broken women (like I used to be) take it in as truth and run with it. They don’t know any better and then they stay broken. Sigh.

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  • Revenwyn

    Right and what about women who can’t have children???

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      Don’t you know, you can mentor people or find other ways to mother people??? It’s all about the mothering!!!!! aaaack.

  • Rachel

    I was tearing up halfway through that first quote about “a woman for whom the Gospel doesn’t matter”. I am a woman for whom the Gospel deeply matters…and yet I battled suicidal depression and an eating disorder while dating an abusive Christian guy. If I had gone to a conference and heard her say that, it could have tipped me over the edge. I did have people hinting at it with the less-than-subtle “Read this book about joy” or “So I just think you should smile more”. But no one had the audacity to come right out and say, “You don’t love God. If you did, you’d be perfect.”

    Thankfully, there are people in the church who recognize the fact that we all struggle because we live in a fallen world and that in Christ there is no condemnation. There were people in my life who had lost loved ones to suicide or been in abusive relationships or been anorexic and they were able to speak grace and compassion into my life when I needed it most. Those churches are out there, those Christ-followers do exist. I just wish they weren’t being stream-rolled over by women with philosophies like this.

    • http://www.carisadel.com/ Caris Adel

      This is what is heartbreaking, that it can seriously damage people in the midst of such pain, and they truly seem oblivious to it. I’m so glad you ended up with graceful people around you.

  • Lisa

    These attitudes are exactly why I left organized religion. I was a dedicated churchgoing Christian for 30 years, and the nasty messages about how lazy I was just for being human — after 2 kids, 2 bouts with PPD, thyroid issues that were explained away by the first (church-approved) doctor because “moms are supposed to be tired” etc. — just stabbed me to the point that I had to get out. I miss some things about it, but not enough to go back. Not yet, anyway.