Who Me? Are You Serious Lord?

Who me?

I’ve been a feminist for a long time.

The driving force to my feminism is violence against women in all its forms.

I was one of the six original founders of the YWCA Rape Crisis Center here in Oklahoma back in the early 1970s. Violence against women in its many forms led me into a hot-headed pro choice advocacy and ultimately to the position of NARAL Director for Oklahoma.

I’ve passed law after law trying to stop violence against women. I passed the original protective order here in Oklahoma, back in the day when the whole idea was considered radical. I even had opponents of the bill go on television and denounce me as being a Communist for passing it, something which amused me no end.

Year after year, decade after decade, I have worked to end violence against women. I’ve done everything I can. And you know what? It’s worse than ever. Women are sexualized and degraded for comic relief on mainstream television. They are pornified and reduced to objects on other channels. Movie after movie presents us with titillating scenes of women being beaten, raped, sodomized and murdered — all for our entertainment.

Type the word “rape” into your google search engine, and you’ll get page after page of hits on pornographic sites showing women being raped, tortured and murdered for fun.

The major thing that drove me away from any church and straight into my anti-God period was the indifference I saw to violence against women in the churches. I’ve seen horrific things in this regard and they drove me away from both church and God.

I don’t know of course, but I think that perhaps the reason God gave me such a knock-you-flat conversion experience is that I needed it to be able to see Him for Who He was. He poured such love on me, and by doing so, shared His real self with me in a way that wiped away all confusion as to His nature.

Even after all that, I was still so painfully hurt by all that had gone before that I actually prayed and asked God if He hated women. This prayer wasn’t a challenge. It wasn’t an attempt to argue with the Lord. It was an honest question, based on my own life experience.

God doesn’t often answer me directly, but He answered me then. It was one of those full understanding answers where He sort of downloaded a total vision of what women are to Him and how He truly feels about the abuse of women that is misogyny.

That answer was one of the most generous things He’s ever done for me. It was also life-altering. It has informed my walk with Christ and my understanding of what it means to be a Christian feminist, ever since.

Six years ago, when I was in Fatima, Portugal, God gave me another of those downloads. This time, it wasn’t an understanding. It was a commission of sorts, a commission I’ve hemmed and hawed about, that I’ve delayed acting on, ever since.

I was sitting in the cathedral there at Fatima. I wasn’t praying, exactly. I wasn’t not praying, either. I was just drifting in that Presence that saturates the whole grounds. I do that sometimes. It’s kind of like the Holy Spirit is a river, and I’m floating in it, just letting the current take me.

As I was floating in the soft waters of the Spirit, just drifting along, I understood that my life was going to change and I would be doing something different.

I won’t go into the whole of it now because I don’t think it’s time. But I will say that part of it involved writing three books; three books, that for one thing, share with the world that understanding of what women mean to God that He gave me so long ago. There’s more, but that’s enough for me to talk about now.

I’ve been so intimidated by the whole thing that I’ve delayed and put it off for six years.

There have been several times during those six years when the Lord has re-visited me about it. Each time He told me to stop waiting and begin. I’ve joked to friends that I don’t want to die and go stand before the Lord and have Him ask me “What part of ‘Write a book’ don’t you understand?”

But the truth is, I don’t want to die and stand before the Lord and have Him ask me “What part of ‘write a book’ don’t you understand?”

I’m not a kid anymore, and the Lord has given me work that I need to do before I die. So, I guess I’d better do it.

Tomorrow, I have surgery on my foot again.

It’s Advent.

How do those things connect, except by the calendar?

Well, post surgery is a great time for prayer. Thanks to the pain meds, it’s also a great time for falling asleep in the middle of prayer. But I have a number of precious little sins I need to give up. One of them is procrastination about the work that God has charged me with. I’ve been like Moses without Moses’ sanctity, complaining that I don’t have the ability to speak and besides nobody will listen to me and shouldn’t He ask somebody better????

All that over the writing part of what He told me to do. I won’t even go into my total inability to do the rest of it.

I need to repent of doubting Him. I need to repent of not doing what He told me to do. I need to stop listening to the doubting devil and start doing what I’m told.

The reason I’m telling you about this is to ask for your prayers. I need this Advent as a sweeping out, clearing away and facing forward time. I don’t think there has ever been a time in my life when I’ve needed a penitential season as much as I need this one.

As I said, I’m asking for your prayers. As Leah Lebresco would say, Ora pro me

 

 

  • http://reflectionsforthesoul.com Marcelle Bartolo-Abela

    Yes, Rebecca, He is serious. Please write the books. Women need them. Thank you in advance.

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  • Sus

    Interesting! I have been wondering where your books are. I even looked on Amazon to make sure I wasn’t missing them on your blog.

    You write, they will read.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Sus.

  • http://www.sherryantonettiwrites.blogspot.com sherry

    So glad to find your voice, your words. So glad to know you will write these books. Good luck. I’ll be praying for you and your recovery from surgery.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thankk you Sherry.

  • http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com Rob Barkman

    Paying for the Lord to clearly show you His will and grce you with the strngth to fulfill it. Lord bless you.

  • Lori

    Sending prayers, Rebecca. Please pray for me too, that I faithfully carry out the little duties God has put before me.

  • Kathleen

    I will Rebecca!

    How I know, while asking lately for the will to push myself to the finish of an innocence motion, in my fifth year of investigating, research, and writing it, the equivalent of a Federal habe. I am at the 95 yard line but beset by procrastination since September. And hating myself.

  • http://scpeanutgallery.com Art Chartier

    Just do it… nothing else matters – competence, readership, reviews, or even completing the task. Start today with random notes… or a beginning outline… or words/ideas God has given you. You take the first step – no matter how uncertain or feeble – and trust God for the rest.

    Holy Spirit propel your servant Rebecca along in the River that flows from your Heavenly Throne.
    Soli Deo gloria!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Wise words and welcome prayer. Thank you Art.

  • Rose

    Rebecca, I so very much respect you. I had a (former) friend twenty two years ago who was working for Kate Michaelman and said she was “so full of life, and fun. Lives in a great mansion….” Hmm. Our friendship kind of fell apart, for obvious reasons. My friend too, believed she was “helping” women. But God is telling you to get on the ball! I need to hear your voice in those books and so do many others. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Let us all do His will. Take care of that foot!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thank you Rose. That’s an interesting story about Kate Michaelman. I can understand why your friendship fell apart. My friendships from those days couldn’t endure my conversion.

  • http://jessicahof.wordpress.com/ Jessica Hoff

    If you write, we will buy. My prayers are with you. I love your blog, and your writing about women is always so powerful.

  • http://biblisvox.wordpress.com Biblis Vox

    From one feminist and latent writer to another, I cannot WAIT to read your books. Will be praying for you!

  • Joyce M

    I want so much to know the ‘vision of what women are to Him and how He truly feels about the abuse of women that is misogyny’! We thirst for His word to us and depend on those He has asked to speak that word to us. Please help us; please write the books; I will pray every day for the success of your mission.


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