The purpose of this blog is to help women grow together and grow in Christ. To this end my hope is that we will:
- Have an open and honest dialogue* about women’s issues,
- Challenge one another to go deeper in our thinking,
- Give a voice to women of all ages and cultures,
- Become servant leaders where God has planted us, and
- Glorify God’s name.
I suppose that you can tell by this time that my perspective is based on a Christian worldview. I welcome you to post a comment even if you disagree or have a different viewpoint; all I ask is that you do so in a respectful manner.
Why did I use the term, dialogue, instead of discussion. To me, dialogue is a respectful way of sharing one’s way of thinking and viewpoint. It allows us to share what we believe, while at the same time inviting others to the conversation so that we can reason together. The dictionary on my Mac computer defines dialogue as a conversation “between two or more people or groups, esp. one directed toward exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem.”
When I think of reasoning together, I think of two very good scriptural examples. In Acts 18, Luke writes that while in Ephesus Paul reasoned with people. In reading Paul’s letters we observe that he used this method to engage others in a conversation about who Christ is. In addition, Peter admonished us to, “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”(I Peter 3:15). Our responses will never live up to either Paul’s eloquence or Peter’s writings, but we do have the ability to have a respectful dialogue with one another.
Is that Really True?
With all this said, I have to caution us that we need to be careful when sharing our experiences as TRUTH. Even though our experiences help shape our way of thinking and add meaning to our lives, our personal experiences are biased. Meg Wheatley points out “As we create perceptions of the world, we primarily use information that is already in us to make sense of something new. Biologists Maturana and Varela explains [sic] that more than eighty percent [my emphasis] of the information we use to create visual perceptions of the world comes from information already inside the brain. Less than twenty percent of the information we use to create a perception is external to the brain. Information from the outside only perturbs a system; it never functions as objective instructions.” (The Irresistible Future of Organizing, July/August 1996 http://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/irresistiblefuture.html) So we need to ask our selves if what we are thinking is really so or is it just based on our past experiences and perceptions?
Caution: Absolute Truth
Interesting isn’t it – how each one of us, based on our experiences, see the world differently – we often see the world in our own truth. CAUTION must prevail because this may lead us to the viewpoint that there is no absolute truth – this is NOT what I am trying to say. I do believe that there are absolutes in this world, absolutes that are based on God’s word. Because none of us will ever be 100% right and most of what we see is seen through our own biases, I encourage all of us to filter our experiences through the word of God, which is real TRUTH.