As soon as Romney used the phrase “binders full of women” in the debate the other night, someone bought the domain name bindersfullofwomen.com. Funny. In the same debate he talked about allowing women to have flexible working hours so they could get home to cook supper.
Language is so important. It isn’t just a tool of communication. If one listens carefully and hears between the lines, you can discern the underlying attitudes. Speech analysis is a fascinating field because it confirms an ancient biblical proverb, “Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.”
I encourage people to use their ability to discern what’s actually being communicated in their church situations and not gloss things over with glorified expectations or wishful thinking or inordinate submission to authority. How you are viewed and treated is readily evident if you look for it.
Even by looking at your own words you can detect what’s really going on deep inside yourself.