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Did you hear the story about the (female) pilot at WestJet, who received a note from a passenger?

I hung my head in shame,

for the way that passenger twisted God’s Truth in arrogance and self righteousness.

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So, if you haven’t heard, here’s the story :

After a WestJest flight (last weekend) from Calgary to Victoria, a note was found on one of the seats.

Here is what was written :

“The cockpit of an airliner is no place for a woman. A woman being a mother is the most honor, not as ‘captain.’ Were (we’re) short mothers, not pilots Westjet.

Proverbs 31.

(Sorry not PC)

PS I wish WestJet could tell me a fair lady is at the helm so I can book another flight!”

As I read his note, I was embarrassed that this man used a biblical reference (Proverbs 31) to ‘prove his point.’

Despite the reality that Proverbs 31 is a portion of scripture that is a song, and is simply a bar to aim at (similar to Matthew 5:48, which says, “be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” … now that is a high bar!), it makes most women feel that we will never arrive as a wife.

This Proverbs 31 woman is described as one who :

“She shops around (she’s a traveler) for the best yarns and cottons …

She looks over a field and buys it (she is a realtor) 

then, with money she’s put aside (she is an investor) 

plants a garden (she is active in horticulture)

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work (she works … ALL women work, not all women are paid for what they do)

rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started (she enjoys her work)

She senses the worth of her work (there is value to what she does) …”

Hum,

I am thinking that the gentleman who made a point of including Proverbs 31, was perhaps not all that familiar with it.

When the seventeen year veteran pilot of the plane, Carey Steacy, read the note she responded with a post on FaceBook, ending with a point they could both agree on :

“Now, back to my most important role, being a mother.”

I like this woman!

Oh, and also, Proverbs 31 is not just a job description of the perfect wife.

The first ten verses are titled :

“Speak Out for Justice”

It is the advice a mother gave to her son, and as I read it I wondered if her motherly comments might also be appropriate for this WestJet-flying, napkin-writing, scripture-twisting man …

“Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of!
    Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!”

Proverbs 31:2

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