Dr. Laura Schlessinger, radio talk show host, presents common sense advice, urging women (and men) to take responsibility for their own problems and to tolerate the discomforts of risk, rather than being “victims” of their own laziness. Although not always rooted in Biblical concepts, it is amazing how Dr. Laura’s principles serve as moral guidelines in today’s upside world. The ten stupid actions women should avoid are stupid attachment, stupid courtship, stupid devotion, stupid passion, stupid cohabitation, stupid expectations, stupid conception, stupid subjugation, stupid helplessness, and stupid forgiving. She blames women for their own problems, and tells them to take charge of their lives, to pick one of the “good guys,” and stay home and parent the babies they’ve made. She is not a feminist, nor a proponent of super submissiveness. You may find her book, Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess up Their Lives, in any bookstore.
Dr. Laura’s book also seems to have deeper spiritual applications as well. Read her book, and then consider her advice in the light of “Ten Stupid Things Church Members Do to Mess up Their Lives.” The mess in the Church of God today is largely the fault of the membership, of putting up with abuse by dictatorial ministerial hierarchies who feed themselves and switch doctrines at their pleasure. Like an abused wife, many church members have, and continue to, allow themselves to be victimized. Some, however, are waking up.
Craig White states, “the brethren feel that it is inevitable that more checks and balances and accountabilities will come including systems to ensure that all participate and use their spiritual gifts. We [the laity] are also given spiritual gifts by God to serve in the Church and to evangelise. Anyone trying to place a lid on one’s spiritual gifts should be challenged immediately. For they are obstructing what God is doing in you.” Church of God, let’s be more participatory, rather than passive.