One of the first things to pop up on my computer screen this morning was this article on USA’s Women Soccer Players who have filed a suit alleging unequal and discriminatory pay. Why did they do this?
Simply, because they are women and they are being treated as lesser than.
My wife and I were at the final world cup game in Vancouver and we watched as the USA Women’s team took the World Cup winning beating Japan in a 5-2 victory. The women were paid $2 million for winning that game.
The year before, in the Men’s World Cup, the reward was $35 million dollars with an additional $400,000.00 in bonuses. Oh, and the winners were not the USA Men’s team.
The women had between 26 and 30 million viewers for this game. The American men can’t claim that.
Soccer is definitely not in the Bible. But the fight for equality is. Everywhere. In case you missed it, here are some of the places where you can read about equality:
Jesus doesn’t only heal people who have power, but those without power. He doesn’t just teach those who have nothing, but those who have everything. Those who are the lesser than in society as well as those who helped create the lesser than. Jesus is all about equality.
So, what does the enormous pay gap between female and male soccer players have to do with anything, especially the Bible, when there are far greater atrocities happening all over the world that have been caused by those few in the world who are in power?
It has it do with everything because it’s a glaring representation of the inequalities that our entire world has been founded upon. Women’s lesser pay isn’t the be-all-end-all issue. It’s one of so many issues. We have allowed inequality to be masqueraded as equality. We have allowed equality to become defined by CEO’s and politicians. We have allowed equality to become defined by the white majority. We have allowed equality to be become defined by money and greed and power.
As one twitter user said yesterday: “If your gospel has nothing to say about racism, white supremacy, and systematic injustice, then your gospel has nothing to say.” It’s the same with equality. If you’re not getting a lesson on equality each time you crack open a gospel, then you’re doing it wrong. So wrong.