The video I placed in this post was shared on one of my social networks. I decided it was worth sharing and that it would cause us to think. Exposing what happens in darkness to the light is the first step for change. When some people hear the word women and empowerment they close their ears or turn away. They may immediately think of feminism, abortion, and authoritative rule. This is not always the case. As a christian woman I see this as a ploy of the enemy to get women to shut up and allow the unspeakable to continue to happen. Speaking truth of what is going on is not about feminism.
I see this talk as being about women who desire to live in their country, whether they are walking, shopping, working, on buses, rickshaws or motorcycles and be safe. Remember Jesus was a person who reached out to women in a society, where women were not valued or important. He changed the life of women, and now years later we are given the good news and the authority to be part of the change too.
Statement of Faith
• God is the ultimate creator and sustainer of all things in heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1)
• The Holy Bible is God’s inspired word and the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:105)
• The one true God is a Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (I John 5:7-8) (2 Corinthians 14:16-17)
• In the virgin birth, (Luke 1:26-38) Christ’s death on the cross, (Luke 23:26-29) his bodily resurrection, (Luke 24:50-53) the ascension. (Luke 24:50-53)
• In the return of Christ for his church. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
• The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; I Corinthians 12:1-31)
• The Church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and is called to live in unity. (Ephesians 4:1-16)
• As Christians we are individually responsible to carry out the great commission. (Matthew 28:18-20) (Luke 24:36-49)
In the last few years because of the public scandals in the christian community life gets pretty rocky for those of us who are trying our best to lead with integrity. The social networks hit the share buttons, the tweet flies by our eyes, the dialogue continues. Behind the scenes churches come up with new ways of accountability for leaders, and tighten down the hatches.
I don’t believe more accountability and more structure is the answer. Don’t get me wrong I am not saying as leaders we are not to be accountable to others. Down through the ages, including in the bible, sin rears its ugly head in the life of leaders and the church and accountability is necessary. Yet lets not batten down the hatches on all believers and christian leaders, because of those who messed up big time and are all over the news. Opinions flow freely on the social networks from those who are Christ followers and those who are not. Church boards across the nation begin to restructure, because they are saying we will not allow this to happen to us!
Lets get real here, without making excuses! Sin began in the garden of Eden, it continued on during the time of the Old Testament and the New Testament! It is not going away just because we place tighter and tighter controls on our Christian leaders and the body of Christ. Man made rules will never work. All they will do is place a leader in a position of leading from fear, instead of a love that flows from Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had a time in your life when you gave up searching for the answer because you felt stuck in a circumstance? Then once you gave up searching the answer arrives and poof, you wish you did not have the answer! Tonight was one of those nights for me.
There was a time that I knew the direction I was to take in a specific area of my life. Yet, somehow I lost 2 of my goals in the shuffle of my everyday life! Tonight I found the two lost goals in the middle of my anger. I was preparing to print a copy of a letter to be mailed tomorrow. It is late and what happens? I cannot find one single piece of printer paper! The industrious person that I am, begins to look through my stacks of writing projects. They are packed away in plastic containers waiting for the move. They are neatly held together with binder clips. I am going through each one hoping to find one piece of blank white paper!
I finally stop looking, realizing that I have everything well-organized and in order. I know myself well enough to realize that there will be no blank sheet of paper in the piles. I begin to place my stack of writing back in the plastic container and I am angry. I am angry at myself, because the answer I was searching for sat a few feet away from me for months. Tonight I realize I spent so much time assisting others to launch their projects, that mine are sitting in containers waiting for me to take them out, and publish them publicly in courses and books.
Yes, I am in a new season and I am launching an online course soon! As this launches I will pull out one stack of writing at a time and begin typing and work on rough drafts one at a time. Then before long the e-book will be available and all nine online courses. Who would have guessed that God would show me the answer, as I searched for one piece of blank white paper?