Originally posted here by Sue of A Mother’s Heart. Please remember that while the contributors to this website are united in our belief that there are problems with the teachings of Vision Forum, we come from a variety of different perspectives.
Might it be that girls also learn of their personal worth in college and graduate school? HOLY COW this one made me mad. What sets them apart from the Taliban, which says that educating girls is a “waste”? Do we or do we not value each and every soul God has put on this earth and believe that education is the way to learn of Him, of His love, who we are, and how we fit in to His plan? Additionally, not educating girls is a hallmark of the FLDS. Yes, the polygamous group in Colorado City, AZ, in Bountiful, Canada, and at the YFZ Ranch in Texas believe that educating girls is a waste – girls are born to be ‘breeders’ and have no means to enter eternity without a husband and a bevy of children.
What does education do? It allows people to think – or rather, to learn critical thinking skills. What is at risk in situations where girls are educated? Control. Power. Dominance. Someone who is interested in promulgating his own belief system and controlling others eschews education because the more his “subjects” learn, the less he can control them. True with the Taliban. True with the FLDS. True with VF? We’ll see.
The authors go on to say that if you reject their Westernized theology in any way, you are a “white washed feminist.” Huh. That’s really funny, because I’m not. But I am a critical thinker and a non-Calvinist, non-Dominionist Christ-follower who, like the group of believers Paul encouraged in Acts (the Bereans) has the ability to “examine the Scriptures every day to see if … [it] was true.” (Acts 17:11) But somehow, doing this puts me staunchly in the camp of “white washed feminist” in the eyes of the authors. It seems to me that if your belief system can’t stand up to scrutiny without lobbing insults, it’s not really much of a belief system.Additionally, westernizing Bible verses that are universal isn’t really a sound anthropological practice, either. The authors profess that a woman should NEVER work outside the home (or inside the home, other than housework, homeschooling, and caring for her family) – ever. So for the widow in Guatemala…? Yeah, nope. She can’t provide for her family, according to these authors; at least, not without blaspheming the Word of God and being a “white-washed feminist.” What about the woman whose husband is severely disabled and unable to work? Unh-unh. No grace here, ladies. What about the woman who feels called to missions – serving people in another part of the country or world? Another >BUZZ!< sound comes from the judges’ booth. Nope, not permissible, either. What about the woman who chooses instead to remain unmarried? Surely there’s an exemption for her! Ummm, no. There’s not. Their model of belief only works for two-parent families (sorry, widows and never-marrieds!) where the husband is able-bodied and willing to provide for his family in a way that permits the wife to stay at home. This sounds more like FLDS practice and/or the Taliban than anything we find here in “Christian America.”One might argue that one book sold by the VF might not be completely within the vision of the VF; it might just be a book sold on their site, much like Amazon.com. Except that the book in question was published by VF’s own publishing house and one of the authors (Jennie Chancey) is married to a man who some consider to be Doug Phillips’ “right hand man.” The book seems to be a pretty accurate portrayal of the beliefs of VF and made me certain that I wouldn’t be partaking in VF-anything.