Equal­ity and re­spect

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - ~ Con­tributed by Stephen Renn of the Fin­ley Pres­by­te­rian Church.

In to­day’s world we hear a lot about the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing equal­ity and re­spect be­tween men and women, and how the fail­ure to sus­tain these two in­ter­per­sonal and so­cial at­ti­tudes has led to a great deal of an­guish, suf­fer­ing and ill-feel­ing.

One of the most en­dear­ing fea­tures of the Judeo-Chris­tian tra­di­tion is the pro­found re­spect and dig­nity that the Holy Scrip­tures af­ford to women.

The Bi­ble makes it clear that men and women are wholly equal in the sight of God — fully equal in value and iden­tity.

The rea­son? Be­cause both male and fe­male are cre­ated in the im­age of God.

There are dif­fer­ences of course, but these are to be found in so­ci­etal func­tion, not in­di­vid­ual worth.

The more we are able to re­flect on, and ap­ply the val­ues of equal­ity and re­spect, the greater will be our ca­pac­ity to elim­i­nate the twin evils of in­equal­ity and dis­re­spect amongst men and women.

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