Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat*

“You don’t feel that way, do you?”  I heard my Sunday school teacher say during a phone call yesterday.

“Of course I do,” I answered her, “and you should, too.”

The discussion was about the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Christian Women’s Rights Convention that I am going to and will be speaking at. 

I had just told her that women want to be able to walk into their church and not feel that our church holds it against us that we are women.

I told her that the church by-laws make me feel that way because they say that women cannot be a pastor or a deacon.  When they tell one woman that she can’t be a pastor or a deacon, they are denying all women.

Every woman does not feel called to preach, just as every man does not feel called to preach.  Not every woman wants to be a deacon , just as not every man wants  to be a deacon.

But when you put it down in the church by-laws, you are telling women that the church sees them as being unqualified simply because they are women.  

Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat.

We’re all happy here,

Your theology won’t float. 

Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat.

Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat.

You’ll just cause people to get upset,

We’ll be separated like the sheep and the goat.

Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat.

You want to rock the boat?  Join us at the Seneca Falls 2 Evangelical Women’s Right Convention in Orlando, Florida, on July 24, 2010.

*Title of song by Frank Louesser in Guys and Dolls

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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4 Responses to Sit down, sit down, sit down you’re rocking the boat*

  1. chaidrinkingfool says:

    Yes! That’s it, exactly. Why do I fight for women to be able to hold these positions in the church, though I don’t want to serve in these ways, myself?

    Because what’s going on isn’t right, and that affects me. And my nieces. My mother-in-law, my sister-in-law.

    And I don’t appreciate the effects that the lower status of women in the church that the stance holding that God does not want women to serve God in all the ways that God gifted women have on my husband, my father-in-law, or my sister-in law, either.

    Actually, it’s this very thing that kept me away from Christ for a number of years.


  2. chaidrinkingfool says:

    Oops–sorry I mentioned my sister-in-law twice in the comment above. I meant to say, “my brother-in-law”.


  3. Jennifer says:

    Shirley – thank you so much for starting this blog and for all of your efforts to educate others about the perpetuation of gender inequality in the church. I just discovered your blog and work this week, and I find it very inspiring as this issue has long been a source of pain and frustration for me within the church. As a young, single, childless, and well-educated professional woman, I have struggled for years with inequalities within the church. It simply makes no logical sense that in our personal lives we can be the sole decision makers in our household and manage just fine, yet in the realm of the church we are deemed unfit to hold certain offices. I find it stifling at times and on many occasions it has caused me to seriously question not my faith, but why I choose to even participate in church. Thank for you everything you are doing to bring this important issue to light.


    • Welcome Jennifer! Glad you found us. We welcome your comments. I guess by now you know that a group of women will be meeting in Orlando, Florida, on July 24 to speak out for women’s equality in our churches. I am a Southern Baptist, but the others who will be there come from many other denominations. We have talked about this subject of women’s equality and now we are determined to do something. If you can’t make it to the convention, please help us continue getting the word out. My blog is my favorite way to write, but I have a website where I give other helpful information such as websites and books where you can learn more. Also you can read the letters that pastors have written me. Most are against equality, or at least they speak the loudest. They have told me things that I am sure their congregation doesn’t know because they don’t ask.

      Like you, I have made the comment that it is a wonder women go to church at all. If you’ve been reading the dialoging with Steve these past two days, you can see what they think. He is just one out of millions that think that way. What he says is typical of what most complementarians say. Women for equality are called eqalitarians. (Please don’t think I am talking down to you. I don’t know how familiar you are with the terms. I had never head the word eqalitarian when I started my website in January 2009. I just knew that something was very wrong in our churches).

      Please keep on reading and let others know.

      Welcome again.


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