Sex without her consent ...
... is found in the lines of and between the lines of the recorded biblical narrative. The stories are
there. Their testimonies are
there. Likewise, the stories and testimonies are here
in the 21st century, including from our sisters in the faith. But where in our churches are these ancient and current stories of tragedy, of desperate need, of overcoming faith finding a place to come together? One out of six females have been sexually assaulted and the numbers only rise if one figures in those assaults that are never reported along with the trauma suffered by victims of attempted sexual assault. The highest percentages are with females under 30 and their victimizers are people they know. In a recent poll, one out of three college males indicated they would definitely attempt forced sex if they knew they wouldn't get caught.
Our voices must, absolutely must collectively arise in bringing this issue to the table of awareness and action in our churches. Biblical stories of ‘sex without consent” must be honestly identified, both those that are obvious and those with probability or possibility. We women must insist that this continued violation of human dignity be addressed and validated in our Sunday teaching/sermons and it must find a place in our junior and senior high biblical group studies.
Let me start our conversation with a possibility … Bathsheba. II Sam. 11:2-4 King David saw. King David probed. (M) King David sent for. (M) King David took. (M) Bathsheba came to him. (M) King David lay with her. She cleansed herself. She left for her home. My (M) represents where David’s ‘messengers’ were definitely involved carrying out King David’s orders. After the sex event, no more messengers. Sex without her consent … a definite possibility.
Is the emerging church's generous orthodoxy
generous enough to let these stories EMERGE?
Labels: Gender Issues, Theology