by Rev Lai Kai Ming
Readings: Lev 25:47-27:13; Ps 51
READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
if your valuation is of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. If it is a female, then your valuation shall be thirty shekels;
Now why is a man worth more than a woman? Aren’t both made in the image of God? Why is there a need for such a distinction? Of course, one could say that it’s a special concession and benefit for females (and those paying the bill for them!). But the feminists would not agree. For them, such a valuation would be considered the root of discrimination, chauvinism and present day female abuse.
It is heart-breaking to hear of how African women are generally treated. The norm is for the men to betray, abuse, and abandon the women, then get away scot-free. Even the justice system can do no justice about this. But how can this be possible in year 2018?!! As a man, I’m not sure what I can say – except that I must not perpetuate the abuse of women, be it physically, emotionally or virtually. I am inspired by Jesus my Lord, who wasn’t just a man, but a gentle-man.
Lord, destroy all the unjust systems of this world! Help all of us men to remember that, no matter what we might think about women, we were born of one.