by Kelly Pelton (written 27 Nov 2021)
Subordination is abuse, the power-over motive strong; don't use God's word as your excuse, for God Himself would not do wrong as do those ones who misconstrue the scriptures for their worldly gain while nicely smiling in the pew, their doctrines causing females pain. Subordination fits the bill of wily tactics of control, the old demoralizing drill that puts the men in the best role. No safety in the church exists for girls and women yet to learn the subtle lying that enlists self-doubt, as from ourselves we turn to follow "God's rules" as they're taught by men with power-over minds, who keep convincing us we ought to cow down. Our ambition blinds us women to God's truth, they say, projecting their sins on to us, exasperated by the way egalitarians will fuss; we won't buy in to their denial, their countering and discounting, their righteous-indignation-style withholding of power. Our mounting resistance to their scornful tone, their critical, dismissive ways and undermining makes them prone to bring out their best power plays; they emphasize a verse or two, appeal to fallen hierarchy as God's best plan for me and you to keep the church from anarchy. The most effective ones accuse the women of a tendency to be deceived, a clever ruse to cultivate dependency on men as chosen ones to speak God's truth to all; integrity and strength they feign, discarding meek and lowly with inequity. Let us not be deceived by these who slyly shame daughters of Eve; deceivers find their power flees if all their lies we won't believe.