Beautiful

When I was eighteen, I first stepped on the red carpet. I wasn’t the object of the incessantly flashing paparazzi cameras, but I stood to the side and watched as unbelievably beautiful, famous people passed slowly by me, close enough for me to touch. They smiled and the flashing lightbulbs exploded from every angle. Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore. There they were, these monuments of film, dripping with wealth and charm, effortlessly causing everyone to fall in love with their beauty and charisma. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. They were magnetic, drawing people’s gazes towards them like flies to light.

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Define Submission

Earlier this week a friend started reading to me an article entitled “10 Women Christian Men Should Not Marry.”  I became more and more incredulous as the article condemned marrying older women and even said God created [woman] to be subject and obedient to her husband. And then he gave justification for why he was saying that woman was created for man and I was stopped in my tracks. He cited the Bible itself, specifically 1 Corinthians 11:8-9: “For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.” A sentence that I had thought was just another ignorant statement from a misguided sexist was actually a Bible verse. This bothered me, and I didn’t know what to do with it. In fact, I am still struggling through understanding this verse and others like it.

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