Our culture is changing rapidly. A major change is regarding equality within the sexes.
For example, I recently heard about a major Canadian denomination that just voted to have female pastors. To the unbelieving worlds, this is no big thing. For church-folk, it has definitely stirred things up a bit.
In provinces like British Columbia and Ontario, it seemed like the obvious move to align with culture. However, throughout the central, more conservative provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; initial reports are not as promising.
One may ask, “what about all those Bible references that talk about women submitting to male authority?” This is a valid question. For example, as Christians, most
of us at least state that we take passages like 1 Peter 3 literally. It is one of the classic “Wives…submit yourselves to your husbands…” passages. (If you haven’t looked through it in a while, click HERE and give it a read before moving on.)
As someone who takes the Bible literally, I agree with and stand by passages regarding male authority in the home and the church.
This being said, as someone who makes a strong effort to connect with today’s culture, I can see the conflict. It must be absolutely offensive for an unchurched woman to read these types of passages. Furthermore, it must sound so abstract when brought into the realm of cultural relevance.
For a moment, let’s consider the entrance of a new female believer into the church. It could be a tough transition to be sure! What are her initial thoughts as she reads these passages for the first time? What are her feelings about being able to serve in some roles, but not others?
Western culture has tried desperately hard to strip away gender roles in every aspect of life. The church has not.
The concept that God specifically created women as the “weaker partner” (3:7) sounds down right abusive. Yet, it appears in Scripture. Therefore, I believe it to be true, but where does this weakness lie? Does this mean weakness in physical strength only? Mental or emotional fortitude?
What about management and leadership ability? How do we fit these Biblical concepts within our leadership structures today? Where’s the balance between commitment to Scripture and culture relevance? I must admit, I do not have a concrete answer.
Why do women belong in today’s church leadership?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Love, Marriage & Submission? – Sept. 1st, 2009