I mailed letters yesterday to pastors of some Baptist churches in Texas.
I felt sad when I sealed those letters. Sad that it was even necessary to say what I did.
Why should a woman have to write a letter to Baptist pastors asking them to speak out for women?
Every time a woman or a girl walks into a Southern Baptist Convention church, someone places a Bible on top of her head. Imagine everyone standing up to sing. All the women and all the girls have a Bible on top of their heads. The men do not.
That is what it is like when women cannot be equals in the church. The Bible is held over their heads telling them to submit; telling them that women will never be chosen by God to be a deacon or a pastor; telling them that the very fact they were born a female keeps them under the law.
A Bible placed over a woman’s head tells all the boys and all the men that they are superior and chosen by God by the very fact of their male bodies.
To those of you who are saying “that is what the Bible says,” go back and read my posts on Dethroning Male Headship – because it doesn’t have a leg to stand on.
I want to be able to walk into my church and not feel that my church holds it against me that I am a woman