We are at a time in our battle for women that we are apt to lose all we have gained. There comes a time when just being against something – such as complementarianism – or for something – such as egalitarianism is not enough.
We have heard the voices. We have spoken. We have made ourselves known.
But unless we take the next step, we will lose the battle.
“Atara wanted to quiet the singing; she wanted to speak up, loud, so that all the girls would hear; she wanted to share with them that in the library in Paris, she had read that the Nazis could have been defeated much earlier if forces had united, but religious leaders, fearing assimilation, chose to organize against the Bolsheviks who were fighting the Nazis, chose not to unite with less religious or secular Jews. (I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits; page 125-126).
Unless we unite with each other in this war, we will lose. Baptists tend to believe that only other Baptists can be their voice, but Baptists are not the only ones who listen to only their religious denomination. I certainly don’t agree with all denominations, but I have learned to listen to what they are saying about women’s equality.
I want you to do something for me.
- Please send me the names of the publishers of your Sunday school publishers. The ones who publish the literature for your children and for the adults. They may not be the same. Tell me what you find in their books and literature.
- Then I want you to look at what these publishers are putting in their Sunday school books regarding girls and women. Look for women in leadership positions. Look how women are portrayed. Who are the leaders the children see in their Sunday school literature?
- Look at the adults Sunday school literature. How are women treated? Does your Sunday school literature teach that women are submissive? Do you find any strong women that you yourself can look up to?
- Send this information to me. I want to know what is being taught to our children and to our women in church. I want to know what you are finding in your children’s Bible story books.
If we don’t speak up, we will lose the war. Unless we join together, and put aside our inability to work together for this cause, we will lose. We are on the balance board. It can go either way, but it will not remain balanced. It will take you and your voice and ACTIONS to bring one side down, and hold it down.
It is easy to write, and complain, and find a sympathetic ear. What is hard is to do something about it. Will you join me in doing something about it?