The Me Too Movement is not only transforming America, it is transforming the world. But, what is it? Why has it generated so much participation and attention? Many reasons, the central one being, women are tired of being treated like “sexual meat” and second-class citizens. The movement is saying, “It’s time for sexual violence and sexual harassment of any kind, any and everywhere to end!” No gender should be able to dominate another! No gender is more intelligent, more capable or more important than another. We are all cut from the same cloth–the image and likeness of God! Of course, many religions will take issue with this statement, using biblical verses to solidify the position taken. Typical verses used in the argument are:
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him (Genesis 2: 18).”
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body: (Ephesians 5: 23-24).”
Using spiritual logic, let’s look at the first verse. Most people would concede that God is everywhere–you know, “There is no spot where God is not.” Accepting that God is everywhere, the man of God’s creation is not and never will be alone. Everything he needs, including companionship, has been given to him by God. God, being all-knowing, knows this, so, why would He tell man he needs someone to help and keep him company? Answer: He didn’t!
This verse is taken from the Second Chapter of Genesis, which describes material man, not the man of God’s creation, which is seen in the First Chapter of Genesis, Verse 27–the man “made in the image and likeness of God.” That word “man” is a generic term specifying the spiritual man, without gender or sex. “Male or female” signifies masculine and feminine qualities–qualities like power, strength, dominion or purity denoting masculinity, and kindness, tenderness, love and humility describing femininity–qualities every man of God’s creation has. Understanding this, places no limitations on humans seeking to express those qualities here and now, irrespective of whether they are physically male or female.
Looking at Paul’s explanation of the duties of men and women in Ephesians, my first thought is to analyze his thinking overall. Remember . . . he is the guy named Saul who spent much of his life killing the disciples of Jesus. Wait a minute … I know he was converted and became one of the greatest teachers of Christianity. I have been converted too, but that does not mean every human thought is free of human beliefs and prejudices. Centuries reveal mortal man’s domination of the mortal women, and loosening that hold was not easy to let go of in all respects. That is the thought I would like to put forth. Even Jesus, whom I consider to be the greatest man who walked the face of the earth, was not totally free of all human limitations. We see him wrestle with that in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. It was not until he arose–demonstrated the total unreality of mortal life, that he was completely free of human challenges. Paul was not Jesus. He did not possess the totality of freedom from human beliefs that Jesus possessed. Jesus had no earthly father, Paul did. That gave him a “leg-up” on Paul. Even though Paul healed many people, there is no evidence that he was able to heal himself from “the thorn in his side.” This is not a criticism of Paul, only a statement of reality.
Paul was a masterful healer, teacher and demonstrator of the “divine manifestation of God,” which I consider to be the Christ–that manifestation of God which comes to the human consciousness and takes away the sins of the world. That says to me that every human thought, word, deed and material law, embedded in the consciousness must be renewed and replaced with divine wisdom and understanding. Even Paul at some point, realized this, because he said in Galatians 3: 26-28, “ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” What is he saying?” He’s saying if you have faith in the Christ, and have been purified by the Christ, you know that no one is spiritually measured by nationality, human freedom or gender… because we are all equal (as one). It is only by understanding and living this, can we as humans, stand before God with purity, perfection and eternal goodness.
What does all of this have to do with the “Me Too Movement?” It means that the
foundation of the movement must have a spiritual foundation–a foundation that views all humanity as equal, impartial, complete, whole and free of all discriminatory beliefs, prejudices and limitations, and view every person as a “child of God” made in his image and likeness, bearing the fruits of love, peace and partnership. That includes “me too–” one who happens to possess a physical body that mortal man has labeled “female,” and not only has he labeled me female, he has stamped on his thought and mine, that I am subservient to him. That is the error that the Me Too Movement is seeking to erase, rewrite human history and establish in thought . . . the man created by God.