Bethan (bethanthepurple) wrote in _survivors_,
Bethan
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Wow. I'm a Christian but I'm generally fairly suspicious of the Bible because it contains not small amounts of women being treated like they're nothing and neither men nor God caring. I've been spending a fair amount of time on the Christian Survivors site, and I've come across their vision statement...

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations ....

Instead of their shame
my people will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
they will rejoice in their inheritance;
and so they will inherit a double portion in their land,
and everlasting joy will be theirs.

Finally, some scripture I don't have to search for the hidden story in, or find the subtext. Finally something that acknowledges my humanity & agency & worth as a survivor to fight back and save others.

I like it :)
Tags: poetry/prose, religion
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