Disposable Humans

dehumanizing women“I’m just not happy in my marriage.  God does want me to be happy, doesn’t he?”  She wasn’t asking for my opinion as much as trying to convince me to confirm the decision she had already made.  As was mentioned in the lesson this morning Jesus’ sermon on the mount was originally addressed to a male dominated culture.  Today we have advanced (?) to where both genders have the ability to throw away their covenant partner for any reason.  Jesus’ teaching here (Matthew 5:27-30) is not so much concerned with the question, “Is it ever right to divorce your spouse?” as it is with the statement, “No human should ever be treated as disposable property.”  

Jesus’ preceding teaching on lust (Matthew 5:30-32) strikes at this same core problem of looking at people as nothing more than objects for one’s personal use.  When I saw the photo of the little girl with the silhouette of a sexy woman I thought it communicated well how the dehumanizing of women affects men.  A man lusting after a woman has no desire to really know the woman.  He’s not interested in her childhood dreams, disappointments in life, or future ambitions.  When one is looking lustfully, the only thing that interests him is how he can use the woman for his own pleasure.

The opposite of dehumanizing is asking what’s best for the other.  When we treat one another as human beings we are living out God’s ideal.  God is a relational God and he made us live in relationship with him and with one another.  One way to stop dehumanizing is simply to recognize that everyone has gifts and talents, dreams and ambitions, hurts and pains and we all have a deep need for God and for people to care about us and love us.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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