Monday, July 23, 2007

Deborah

My absolute favorite character in the Bible...well, maybe that is exaggerating just a tad. But, I do love her. I'd love to write a fictional rendition of the story of Deborah.
5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided.


Side Note: I started this post three days ago. I apologize. Its been a week let me tell you.

Given the side note, I am going to ramble for a bit, I'll try to keep it organized, but many things have cropped up this week to kind of inform my posture on this piece.

That is why I love the Word so much...regardless of what the circumstances, wisdom can be found in the Word. That being said a couple times this week, I had found myself between a rock and a hard place. What I love about this image of Deborah, what I immediately saw today, was that Deborah was seated with peace(symbolism of Palm) between the High Place(Ramah) and the House of God (Bethel). How's that for flipping the notion of "a rock and a hard place" on its head.

The reason I brought Deborah to our attention in light of verse 23 in Proverbs 31 is this: She is a wife who's husband was highly respected, AND she was the Judge over Israel. In light of the current American political atmosphere, I thought it would be an interesting challenge for us to see this position of women in our society. For us to see ourselves as partners with our husband in affecting and shaping our culture. I say this with no intentions at all on political party affiliation. I say this with the intention on seeing ourselves as vital and germane to the discussion over how our culture is represented.

I've heard it said a few times over the past week that women voters wished the like Hillary Clinton more, because they would like to say they were going to vote for her. Yeah!!! We are now finally engaged... I want us to be asked intelligent and serious questions about the direction of the country--not just about women's issues. I have a hard time believing that Deborah only "judged" feminine cases if she were Judge over Israel. I think its interesting to point out that one of the only cases of Solomon's that we actually have recorded was that of a maternity suit--and that case was to illustrate his compassion and keen wisdom. I am happy to see the wives of campaigners on the stomping trail--to me it makes their husband's candidacy stronger. Remember, the whole point of v23 is that our husband's would be seated with the elders because of our own honor and virtues.

Is it possible to be an honorable woman, and our husbands just simply fall short of the city gates. Unfortunately, yes. If we are honorable women full of active faith and active potential, it should free our husband up to fully realize his own potential. But, that is just it, he is free...free to choose his way. That is God's blessing of Free will, right?--for Good or Bad. Lets read about Abigail and Nabal in 1 Samuel 25.

Can you say, wow? Abigail was married to an idiot. Granted, ladies, and keep this in mind please...Deborah is a extreme case to one side, and Abigail is an extreme case to the other. Most of us will find some place in between. Our husband's may not be running for president, but they love their job and are performing well with steady progression--and you are doing the same. The goal, for lack of a better word, is the same...be you--really be you, freely and completely--be you and engage with your community. This frees your husband to do the same. And then together, you become the powerhouse couple. You run PTA...he runs Little League--(or you run Little League, and he runs PTA--I'm equal opportunity)---all of it setting a tone and an example of what being an active and strong Christian family.

Now...Ladies, how do we accomplish this without wearing the Big S on our chests, crashing and burning...or taking our child's Ritalin prescription? Your turn...we will be discussing this further tonight.

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