Reading through the information and links and reactions in those posts, the least one comes away with is the affirmation that I'm not the only one who picked up the same "vibes" from James' line. Worse, there is some confirmation of those misgivings.
The flap is all about a woman listing her credentials in such a way that prominence is given to her evident disdain for, and denial of, domesticity--cooking, cleaning, and being what is called a housewife--when the world is filled with other godly women who pray each day that God will give them the holiness not to despise such menial tasks despite their high IQs, their deep biblical knowledge and understanding, and their yearning to play the man on the stage of the wider world outside the home and family confines.Here is from James' own blog:
Carolyn is her husband’s favorite theologian. She is not a kitchen wife. She does not keep house, cook, clean or sew, but she reads an awful lot and often talks to women (and sometimes men) from all over the world about women’s struggles within the evangelical church.By contrast. In the course of reading over the Baylys' page, I found a very thought-provoking confession of a woman's faith written by Rebecca Jones: My Credo as a Christian Woman. It is all worth reading and pondering, including this:
I believe that sin affects every area of my life. I am not, therefore, surprised that my sinful nature rebels against some of the very truths I confess. May God mercifully soften my heart and conform me to His perfect will.Jones has a number of articles listed here, including a thoughtful reflection on submission.
Lot of food for thought in those links.
AFTERTHOUGHT: I've quoted this before, but Libbie said it so well, it bears re-repeating:
...they claim to be wanting to lift women up. Yet they go about this by denigrating the clear mandates given to women in scripture, exalting the mandates given to men, and then saying that women should be doing the men's tasks because the women's tasks are rubbish.