Just my Opinion…
It seems like one topic keeps coming up in all sorts of different areas of life – school, church, conversations with friends, things posted on facebook, etc.
Women in the church.
Now, I’m not talking about women being pastors, preaching, or being elders. I’m not discussing my view on the whole egalitarian/complimentarion argument. That’s another can of worms that I don’t even want to get into.
What I’m talking about is the way women are treated in the church body.
I know I’m abnormal when it comes to the majority of women in the church. I’m even abnormal when it comes to the majority of men in the church. I’m one of the lucky few who’s been given the opportunity to attend a Bible college. I’ve been taught by amazing men and women of God how to study scripture in a deep level, doctrine, theology, and even bits and pieces of the original biblical languages and how they change the way scripture is read in English. This has turned me into a strong willed, opinionated woman. (…when it comes to Biblical things. I’ve always been strong willed and opinionated about life in general) Because of this, I think I might see repression of women in the church a little more than others.
I’ve heard from various people that women are not looked down on in church settings. I have multiple personal experiences showing me this isn’t true.
A while ago, I attended a college/young adult group with a friend. The man in charge introduced himself to me and, during that conversation, discovered I had attended Multnomah. He said he thought that was great and then went off to talk with others in the group. I didn’t think anything of it until Nate arrived. This man also introduced himself to Nate and, as soon as he discovered that Nate also had attended Multnomah, started discussing something theological that has been on his mind recently. Even when I tried to join the conversation, this man didn’t engage me at all and continued focusing on Nate. Needless to say, this drove me crazy! This wasn’t me desiring to preach, it wasn’t me desiring to have authority over a man, I simply desired to join in on a conversation about something that interested me and I was passionate about. Even strict complimentarians should have no problem with that. (And, yes, I discussed with some other people in the group and that attitude regarding women occurred often with this man. I wasn’t making it up that he was ignoring me because of my gender)
I guess my point is, no matter what a person’s theological view of women’s roles in a church, they should treat women as equals. Women have brains. We have God given talents that should be used to our full potential. Instead of thinking about how to rein women in and make us submit, how about we think about how much freedom we can give women in the church. Instead of reading the Bible looking for where it says what women can’t do, how about we read it looking for what women CAN do. Instead of seeing a women with the more “manly” gifts of the spirit and expressing that she can’t use those gifts, how about we figure out ways that she CAN use her gifts. God doesn’t give gifts and then tell someone not to use them. Egalitarians and complimentarians alike can find ways to show women that they’re not second class citizens in the eyes of the church. Women are valuable assets!
Ok, rant over. 🙂