By Andy Hale
When it comes to economic, gender, nationality, ethnicity, and systematic privilege, life has been handed to me on a silver platter. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t faced difficult circumstances, hardship, disappointment, or rejection. However, I have been given more than my fair share of a leg up as a result of being born male into a white middle-class American family.
If life were a baseball game, I got to start with 5 RBI’s, bases loaded, no outs, and the league-leading designated hitter stepping up to the plate.
Stop and consider if you are a person of privilege. What opportunities have you been afforded that others have not? Has privilege blinded us from the societal disadvantage we propagate, sometimes without even knowing it?
“History had shown that societies ordered by gender hierarchy left women vulnerable to the whims and wishes of men who had no other qualifications for assuming such power than that they were men,” said Amanda W. Benckhuysen, Old Testament scholar, on the CBF Podcast.
Where does the Bible come into all of this? Does the Bible bolster this mindset or lean us towards equality?
We sat down with the author of The Gospel According to Eve to discuss gender ideology and biblical interpretation. Dr. Benckhuysen is a professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy