MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Compassion, The Bible and the Pro-Life Movement

June 9th, 2015 Viewed 1103 times

pregnant-mom-stress.jpgOver the weekend, Jill Stanek asked a question in her post Stanek weekend Q: How to respond to assertion abortion isn’t in the Bible?:

How do you respond to Knox and others like him who say that since abortion isn’t specifically mentioned in the Bible as a sin, it is not only not a sin but a deed to be supported as an act of faith?

From the beginning of the Bible, children have been called a blessing.  Adam and Eve and Noah and his family were all commanded to be fruitful and multiply.  Barren womb were saddened and begged God for children (when they weren’t giving their handmaidens to their husband in an attempt to get children that way– which God does not command and violates monogamy).  God commanded that someone that attacks a pregnant woman such that a baby dies owes the family for the loss.  The Old Testament writers talked about how God knit them together in their mother’s wombs, and often before birth mothers were told about the greatness of the exploits of their unborn children.

Indeed, when talking about the unborn and about children, God is anything but pro-choice.

Please Pick Up Your Clothes

May 23rd, 2011 Viewed 1729 times, 1 so far today

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Adam

January 17th, 2010 Viewed 1615 times

Couple Sunset Adam.  The first man created by God.  We know very little about this man when compared to some of the other greats in the Bible.  And yet, by him we get the names for the animals, from his rib we have woman, and by him sin entered into the world.

And yet one of the first things that we learn about Adam was that God saw that it was not good for man to be alone. (Gen 2:18)

Adam was alone in the garden.  He was the only one of God’s creation without a partner.  All of the animals had partners, and as God brought them one by one for Adam to name he must have saw the look on Adam’s face to know that Adam was wondering where his partner was.

Godly Husband: Are You a Provider?

April 12th, 2007 Viewed 8592 times, 2 so far today

olderhusbandandwifeheader.jpgI asked the wives in a post this week if they dominate their husbands and the context was Genesis 3.  The interesting thing about that passage is that at the same time God is telling the wife her main role (desire to the husband and pain in childbirth) he also told the man his role (ground will be cursed, but you’re to work it).

I find it interesting that this concept of men working and women raising children continues to be followed– regardless of the patriarchy or the rise of feminism.  What?  You don’t see it– just look with me.

For me, you would think that men (particularly the patriarchy) would have wanted to get out of all kinds of work, and yet we find, throughout the centuries, that men have worked to make a living and provide for their family except for in the extreme cases of someone who was a king– and even then he was usually out protecting his kingship.

And now, with the rise of feminism and the woman’s right to be in the workforce, we still find that a majority of women feel inclined to be the primary keeper of the home and children– she just has to do that along with her job.

One could blame society, but with as much as I’ve read about women who have come home, are home, and wish they could be home it’s more than just conditioning, it’s an innate desire.  And that’s where we come in.

Men have always been providers

Whether it’s providing money, a roof over the head, food, or laughs, men have had the natural desire to provide for their family throughout time.  In fact, it’s part of what gives a man the feeling of worth and accomplishment.

When a man marries, however, there’s more than physical needs that must be met.  There are spiritual and emotional needs.  Godly Husband, how are you doing at providing for your wife?

  • Do you take the time to help her learn the Scriptures?
  • Do you show her when she’s wrong and help her live a God-honoring life?
  • Do you show her love and compassion?
  • Do you comfort her?
  • Do you try to minimize the stress in her life?
  • Do you let her get away when the stress gets more than she think she can bear?

Are you aware of what’s going on inside her head?  If you aren’t, then you aren’t being a good provider.

Question Idea taken from From Dreadlock to Wedlock

Godly Husband: How Well Do You Know Your Wife?

January 25th, 2007 Viewed 9473 times

olderhusbandandwifeheader.jpgGuys, how well do you know your wife?  To some degree, we have to know our wives– they’re probably the person that we’ve spent the most time with on a daily basis (I guess, though, most of that could be sleeping!).

But MInTheGap, how can I really know my wife (you’re asking)?  I mean, women are from Venus, and they think differently, emotionally or whatever.  Just when I think that I understand her, she changes.

To Lead the Family

October 4th, 2006 Viewed 12632 times, 1 so far today

One of the most controversial, and anti-feminist ideas that can be found in the Bible is the idea that the husband is the head of the home.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire [shall be] to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. – Genesis 3:16

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. – Ephesians 5:23

One wonders what the relationship was like between Adam and Eve in the garden if Genesis 3:16 was instituted because of sin.  Truly, with sinlessness we would be able to coexist as husband and wife with the same goals and with the same desire– to worship Him.  We’d have no problem in loving and yielding to one another.  We would seek each other’s desires above our own, and we would see this as the only way to do things.

God Told Adam…

October 1st, 2006 Viewed 6051 times, 2 so far today

I was talking a couple of weekends ago with a friend, and the discussion turned to Creation, the Fall, and other related issues and it caused me to think more about just how much responsibility God gave to man and just why Paul laid so much at the father’s feet in a family. I’d like to take this opportunity to look through some Bible passages with you and see just what fathers and husbands have to be responsible for. Just so you know how we’ll go about this study, I’m going to do searches for fathers and husbands in the Bible and then address passages that talk about a father’s or husband’s responsibility.

I do want to start out with the one that got me going, just to get you thinking.

Church Cliques

September 12th, 2006 Viewed 10906 times, 2 so far today

Man AloneI’m sure it has happened to us at one time or another. Because of who we are, what we wore or something we have said we have found ourselves on the outside looking in. I’m not totally sure how cliques form. It could be our unending desire to find meaning in life by who our friends are. It could be a desire for companionship. It could be because we do not like change. For whatever reason, we find groups of people and others find and establish other groups and we’re defined by them and it’s hard to get into them once they are formed.

All that to say, cliques tend to also be a place where those that are in tend to look down on those who are not, and the new people seldom get recognized. This is a cultural (in someways high school-ian) invention that has found its way into our churches. Of all places, our churches should be places where– regardless of your passion to scrapbook and another’s to blog– we should be able to have a lot to talk about and share because of our mutual passion of following after God.

The problem is, the minor things all too often take the place of the major ones.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.