Archive | July, 2014

Oppression of Women

28 Jul

This is going to be very brief, as it is a reaction to another blog I have recently been commenting on. You can read it here.

Now, I am not going to start a large discussion at this time. I do not believe that the LDS church in anyway oppresses women, though I know that many hold the opinion that it does. I am just going to ask a simple question of all those reading this. Do you believe the LDS church oppresses women? I am asking this because I am very curious to know what other people think, and this seems to be a fast way to find out.

If you are going to answer please indicate if your membership status and your gender.

Thank you.

 

Prophecies: Women Rule Over Them

24 Jul

Recently I have been thinking a great deal on the many prophecies that have been given and recorded in the scriptures; particularly those that deal with the last days. So I have decided to write some short posts addressing a few of these prophecies. Some have been fulfilled, some are in the process of being fulfilled, and some we are still waiting to see. I will draw from all the standard works, and in each post I will address only one prophesy.

ISAIAH 3: 12-15

In Isaiah chapter 3 there is a prophecy that I thought fitting for this particular time in our history, both as a nation and as a church. The first 8 verses of this chapter describe the downfall of Judah; as God removes their leaders the kingdom falls to petty fighting among the young puppet rulers. Verses 9-11 tell us that our very character is portrayed in our countenance. However, it is verses 12-15 that I want to comment on particularly.

As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.

Let us look at that and examine it more closely.

“Children are their oppressors.” What does this mean? Well oppression is the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner; and thus an oppressor is one that exercises such burdensome, cruel, or unjust authority. So Isaiah is declaring here that children are going to exercise such authority over the adult population. Have we seen this in the modern day? First, the obvious fulfillment is the growing, yet little known problem of children actually abusing their parents, physically and verbally. Such cases are very similar to those of child abuse, in which fear and manipulation are used to coerce compliance and physical violence is often resorted to. This rarely makes the news, as people don’t think a child can abuse an adult. What is even less frequently seen in the news is when children literally take over a family. In my studies of psychology my professors told me of such cases: the parents literally handed over their paychecks to 12 and thirteen year old children who then determined how the money would be spent. I have also seen children use threats of calling the social services on their own parents if the parents didn’t let them do something (like go to a party or buy something). These things sound shocking to many, however, in our day we have been taught that the needs of the child trump anything else, even the needs of the parents. With such an attitude is it any wonder than that our children have begun to loose all respect toward parents and have started to literally oppress the adults in their lives with such psychological manipulation?

But Isaiah doesn’t stop there. He also declares that “women rule over them.” To rule is to control or direct; exercising dominating power, authority, or influence over others. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not here to say that women need to get out of public office (though there are those that I wish would). We have to remember that Isaiah is speaking to the Jews and thus we must understand his words as they would have. They had had women in government, so that would not have bothered them that much. It is in a more personal aspect that Isaiah words would have been understood; as dealing with the family. Remember that in the gospel the man is the head of the house. So, when Isaiah prophesies that ‘women rule over them’ he is declaring that women are usurping the natural right of the father to preside in the house; that women are, in effect, debasing men and exercising a dominating power over them. So we see this today? I’ll let you figure that one out.

This prophecy continues and states that the Lord will judge the people, because ‘ye have eaten up the vineyard’ and ‘the spoil of the poor is in your houses.’ What does this mean? The vineyard is a common symbol of the chosen seed, or house of Israel. Rather than protecting the vineyard for the Lord, the leaders have devoured it themselves. They have taken advantage of the house of Israel and used them for their own gain. The spoil refers to riches and wealth and thus the leaders are accused of stealing from the poor, as the spoil is in the houses of the rulers.

This prophecy is concerning the general condition of the world in the last days; the time just before the second coming. At this time children will oppress, women will debase men, and the leaders will rob the poor and destroy the people for their own gain. All these things are not only happening today, but they are growing in frequency and severity. Surely the Lord’s coming cannot be too far away.