I have found it very fascinating that the new craze to sweep us ladies up is so anti everything we say we have been working for over the past century or so. We truly have come a long way, baby. Yes, there are still plenty of places to go – women are not paid 100% equally to men, many women are suffering unspeakable tyranny both here in the United States and throughout the world. But overall, things are moving in a good direction for women here in the United States.
So why the embracing of tyranny again? Why, after all of the hard work of generations of women liberators are we mesmerized by those gray books and movies? We say we want to be free, to be treated with respect, to be seen as an equal, and yet, we are captivated by this? Why?
I have not read or watched them, so I am just going off of the advertising that I wasn’t able to miss, and I do understand that the protagonist does eventually free herself, for a time, anyway. But why get so sucked up into it in the first place?
The only answer I could come up with is this: all of us were made to worship, to be obsessed by, to be captivated, even enslaved by something or someone. I see it in my own daily life. I am not truly happy unless I have something that requires something of me – my cat, my guinea pig, my husband, my kids, the school, the church, my family, my friends, my books.
Yes, it is nice to have a day or two with nothing to do. But to find real fulfillment, I need someone or something that requires my time and attention.
Why did I get a dog when I was single? Yes, a big reason was because I needed something that would require me to exercise, but I also needed something that would need me. Why did I get married? Why did I have kids? I wanted to belong, I wanted to have some people to serve, to have fun with, too, but, primarily to serve – that is what true love is, after all – giving your life up for another.
I think the following Bible passage sums up well that we are destined to be slaves, it is just our choice to what:
18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to escalating wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
20For when you were slaves to sin, you were free of obligation to righteousness. 21What fruit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? The outcome of those things is death. 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the fruit you reap leads to holiness, and the outcome is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.