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I am a human

Registered Date January 12, 2015 Read 650
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It started off very personally. It shocked me and made me think for a long time with a bitter sentiment. The incident made me questions a lot about how we define human being and how exactly we interpret and apply the Bible in our daily lives.

It started with a group photo on Facebook. In November, many people from my country gathered and attended an event. We really enjoyed meeting one another and the fellowship with people we regard as our own brothers and sisters. Another group of people from my space: country took our group picture posted it o Facebook and posted it again on their Facebook group calling us traitors of our own people. I can understand their political view but stay away from them because I don't agree with their view. It is their right to campaign for what they believe in and it is my right to choose my commitment. We have the rights to stand for what we believe, but posting our group picture on Facebook and accusing us as traitors was too much for me. I was just one of the group members in the photo that was posted but still it was public humiliation. It was a huge insult to me. I have the right to go where I want and it was none of their business whom I mingled with.  Therefore I went to their place and asked for the person responsible for that post. Shockingly nobody came out and took responsibility. When I insisted that person come out and take responsibility, more shockingly, one of the guys who was a theology seminary student in his early thirties told me that I should shut my mouth because I am a woman and confronting is not what I can do as a woman. His words stroked my mind and the incident prompted a fiery conversation. It is a shocking and sad fact that even these days, some people still think that women have no right to stand up for what she thinks is right or wrong. She can’t even speak out about how she was publicly humiliated. Many Theology students who are going to lead spiritually and morally to the next generation still think that women have no right to claim their human rights and to ask for respect. What a tragedy!!!

It is no wonder that over the past 100 years people from our Chin state held a similar notion about women since all of them were illiterate and were Animists. But in recent years, most of the people have learned to read and end sentence with period. At least 50 % of the young population has graduated and is growing up as Christians as the fruits of the foreign missionaries commitment to our state. Many people, both women and men, have pursued post-graduate theological studies in different countries in the hopes of helping build our nation spiritually and morally. Still some so-called educated people think that women cannot lead, preach, or even defend her own reputation. Should a woman wait for a man to cover up her shame? Should a woman wait for a man to rescue her?

We cannot generalize that everybody thinks the same way. However this incident has shown that there are many people who still think that women are just for domestic use, not human beings who have the same rights as men. Some people might say this is our culture. Some people will point out parts of scripture that they would interpret as the whole concept of the Bible even though they teach others to interpret parts of scripture is so sad that we have double standards in every aspect of life including the way we apply the Bible to our lives. We, as Christians, preach the gospel ‘Jesus died for every human being and saves us all from the bondage of sin. We all are free from all the bondage of sin only by believing and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.’ We proudly take the Cross as a sign of being a Christian. But in reality, we put our own sisters, mothers, grandmothers under the bondage of so called culture and social norms and never allow them enjoy their human being as the perfect work of God that He created in His own image (Gen. 1:27).

This is not simply a gender problem. This is a problem of defining human being. If a man thinks that he is the higher level human being and women are lower level human beings only between human and animal, that’s a huge insult to the creator of human beings. He automatically points out the Creator God as an unjust God with a bias towards men. If he thinks women don’t have the same rights as men do, I wonder what they think of their own mothers and sisters. Do they think of them as just property or animals? A man who cannot respect women automatically disrespects his own mother because they all share the same gender. A man who thinks women are just property automatically degrades himself as less than human because he comes out of a property and he is not a human if he is not of a human.

With this very bad experience, I have learned some lessons which have helped me to understand and let go.

1) We need to be really educated. I believe that real education opens our eyes, helps us to see the diversity in our world, and helps us to learn how to respect our fellow human beings.

2) We need to know that respecting our fellow human beings means respecting ourselves. We all share the same image of God. Respecting some creations of God and disrespecting others is not a proper way to portray ourselves as the perfect creations of the very Just and righteous God.

3) The Bible should not be interpreted and applied with double standards: one for us and one for others.

After all we are all human and we all make mistakes. We also need to understand each other and not hold grudges for a long time as well as let go of any bitterness. This will help us all to enjoy the life that God has perfectly created for us and that Jesus paid for with His own life.