The Epistle that Paul wrote to Timothy is one that Christians like to “cherry pick¹.”


   Why? Because it says the wrong things about women².




   It’s offensive.


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   Today, no one can say anything wrong about slavery, gender differences³, or even history without being posterized. And why? Because we know so much more about everything today than we used to.

   About 25 years ago when I was in my university office I couldn’t help but hear a conversation going on in the office next to mine. A faculty colleague was trying to help a freshman write a suitable biographic paper about a famous person who made an important contribution to the world. The student, a male, was beside himself.

   “I just can’t find anyone–anyone–to spend time on writing about! No one. I can’t think of anyone!” The boy (who I couldn’t see) stood and began pacing. My colleague was a kind man. He let him stew for a minute.

   “Well, how about doing something on Thomas Jefferson?” he finally offered. “He made some signifi–“

   “JEFFERSON?” the student shouted back. “You’ve got to be kidding! How could waste my time writing about a man whose life depended on owning slaves? And who insisted that ‘all men’ are created equal’ totally ignoring women?”

   I’ve often wondered about the once Christian-hating, arrogant, intellectual Saul of Tarsus, who was dramatically converted and became the Apostle Paul and who wrote about one-half of the New Testament, could confront both first-century Jews and gentiles, men and women, slaves and free folks, both common people with no education and eggheads of Athens and Rome with information about the nature of God and the Gospel of Christ. What does one say and not say to such a broad audience?

   In some ways Paul was a revolutionary. In other ways he was anything but. His message was to individuals. Individuals in existing societies. Individuals had to be changed on the inside. And work from the inside out.

   Not easy.

   But doable with God’s help.

   And the instruction of “old” Scripture (the Torah, Writings, and Prophets) as well as the new words that he and others were circulating to new believers.

   Consider these words in the second chapter of second Timothy that were written near the end of Paul’s life:

“…things which you [Timothy] have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men [includes women as indicated elsewhere], who will be able to teach others also….Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything….Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal….[Do not] wrangle about words….the firm foundation of God stands….flee youthful lusts…and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace….refuse foolish and ignorant speculations….And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition…”

–II Tim. 2-2-25


   ¹ Pick the good uncontroversial verses, skip over the currently troublesome ones.

   ² According to current, modern politically correct creeds.

   ³ No one has–yet–corrected God’s unfair selfish mistake of only allowing women to carry and bear children. Or, if one is an unbeliever, blame it on Mother Nature. (Father Nature is off the woods hunting deer.)