Women have been in leadership much longer than this slide-show indicates, however, it highlights how the LCA dismisses that women are increasingly respected in the world today for their leadership and intellect .
The article, New Swedish Parliament most gender balanced ever, is likewise, a reminder that there is a decreasing mysogeny in the secular world.
Sadly, the church doesn’t always lead the world on matters of principle and ethics, despite Jesus life-changing revelations, that righteousness was not primarily about religious activities, but justice. The following reflection, from http://www.americancatholic.org, on the parable of the sheep and the goats, points out that Jesus was not altogether impressed with religious leaders’ piety.
The sheep at the Father’s right hand will be invited to inherit his kingdom because they fed the hungry, gave drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger, clothed the naked and visited the imprisoned.
Conspicuously absent from the list are supposedly religious activities, such as prayer, fasting and pilgrimage. Jesus insists that those five deeds and others like them are religious activities. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40b).
Jesus never emphasised rituals, dogma or religiosity, but he was always strong on human relationships.
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