Quoting Quiverfull: Woman the Greatest Servant in History?

Quoting Quiverfull: Woman the Greatest Servant in History? December 13, 2012

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

Bill Gothard in a phone interview in Religious Dispatches February 16, 2011

[Jesus said] he who is the greatest among you be the servant of all. That makes the woman the greatest of all because she has served every single person in the world by being in her womb.”

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  • Cathy W

    Grammar fail! Makes it sound like one individual woman has served humanity by being inside her own womb.

    You want to talk “woman as servant”? Total the unpaid work done by housewives. For added fun, total the unpaid work done by women volunteering at their churches.

  • thalwen

    Lol, that grammar… serving every single person in the womb? It’s an organ not a soup kitchen!
    But yeah, I don’t think that’s what Jesus was talking about. Jesus says that we are all to serve one another not one group is selected to be the service group and gets a pat on the head for being such good servants.

  • madame

    and while the mention seems kind of “neat”, Jesus was getting at something else: that leadership and greatness in His Kingdom means that one becomes a servant. Pretty much the opposite of what is preached about leadership and authority.

  • suzannecalulu

    “It’s an organ not a soup kitchen!” – Funniest thing I’ve seen all day! Thanks for the laugh!

  • Like Thalwen, I don’t think that’s was what Jesus was getting at, at all!

    I think the intention was more like something managers say to their employees in the corporate world: “You don’t work for me, I work for you.” As in, the employees are the ones actually providing the service, delivering the goods, what-have-you; and any time they need help they ring for the boss to fix it. Even better, the boss is always there, alert for anything that will need fixing. The boss provides resources, encouragement, enthusiasm, coaching and direction to enable the employees to get their work done.

    Two thousand years ago a more readily understood example would be that if I’m the local landowner, that doesn’t give me the right to treat people badly; on the contrary, it gives me the obligation to provide employment and care for the needy.

    *** *** ***
    Not just a grammar fail, but a basic syllogism fail.

    “Cats have four legs.
    Fido has four legs.
    Therefore, Fido is a cat.”

    The injunction to the rich and powerful that they serve everyone else does not mean that anyone who serves is necessarily rich and powerful, any more than Fido is necessarily a cat.

  • … also, I get the feeling that he knows he’s talking nonsense, he just thinks it’s funny to dismiss women’s legitimate concerns “because uterus.”