Use a Comma, not a Period

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

May 20, 1932–Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

May 19, 2009, a blogger on Richmond.com cites the Apostle Paul’s admonition, “Wives, submit to your husbands. . . .”

Thank you, God, that Amelia–like the suffragettes before her and the women (and men) who brought, and bring, us feminism and equal rights for women–did not listen to Paul or the churchmen (and their female allies) who were, and are, determined to control, that is, limit, divine Creation.

God created, and saw that it was good. That is the biblical foundation of our relation with God. The biblical writers put their own spin on God’s creating, trying to fit the limitlessness of what God did into limited human concepts.

But God refuses to be limited. God is creating today.

As our friends in the United Church of Christ say, quoting Gracie Allen, “Do not put a period where God has placed a comma.”