The following comment was a Facebook status observation by my friend Elizabeth Dahl Kingery, blogger at Unravel, a couple of weeks ago.
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15. Why do I picture this husband’s bride wearing a burqa?
Do you think this is fair? Is there any truth in it? How do you understand this commandment?
In my humble opinion, there are two issues here. The first is of Jesus’s demanding our obedience. I’ve always been uncomfortable with a God who needs legions who will do his bidding. If he is perfect, as we say he is, then why does he need our allegiance through obedience?
The second is the issue of Jesus’s (the husband’s) treatment of the church (the wife). There’s not much difference between some of the New Testament mandates for women to refrain from adorning themselves, to cover their hair and stay silent in church, to be submissive to their husbands, and the Middle Eastern tradition of women wearing burqas. They all accomplish the same thing—to keep women hidden as objects to be used, for sex, for child-rearing, for housekeeping.
What do you think?
[Post image: Burqa, origin unknown]