Ordaining women as pastors is always a hot button, and one most Baptists will jump all over. They seem to think that if we admit that God calls women pastors, then all women will want to be a pastor, and there will be no job for them. So they dance all around the scriptures and gives meaning where there is no meaning.
One Pastor wrote me a letter last year in which he quoted Dr. Al Mohler:
“The arguments used in support of the ordination of women require the dismissal or “reinterpretation” of specific biblical texts which disallow women in the teaching office. The same is true of arguments for the ordination of divorced persons–and for homosexuals.”
This was my reply to him:
I read what Dr. Mohler said. It appears that he is concerned about “liberation” in terms of women, divorced persons, homosexuals. It categories women as sin. A sin is something that is a choice of an individual. Jesus told us constantly through his parables that we had choices to make. But you did not choose to be male and I did not choose to be female. Therefore, being female is no sin, and being male is no grace.
- We do not say that we will never hire a young man to be a pastor because some are addicted to internet pornography.
- A former pastor of mine is in prison for molesting his granddaughters, but we do not say that we will not hire older men to be pastors because some have molested young women.
- A pastor of a large church in Houston made homosexual advances toward a member of his congregation, but we do not say that we will not hire men to be pastors because some might be homosexual.
- There are societal ills that mankind will always have to deal with. Churches have to deal with them within their congregations. But we don’t kick out one half of the world’s population because some might sin. If we did, we would have no pastors.
Pastor, look at Jesus. Read Matthew 23. We have taught that lesson in Sunday school many times, and felt smug because Jesus was calling the Jews hypocrites, blind guides, snakes and vipers, and we picked out the sin they were committing.
But as every pastor knows, scripture is given for reproof, and for learning.
We should learn from these scriptures and glance in the mirror, and see ourselves when Jesus is condemning the Pharisees because they have chosen the strict letter of the law over the people. He told them that they had already decided that they would break the law of the Sabbath and pull an animal out of the ditch – but they would not dare to break one of their precious laws when it came to human beings. I see that we are doing the same thing when it comes to women in ministry.
I was interviewed Wednesday by a former co-worker who is writing her dissertation on Christian Women in Leadership. I told her that Baptists seem to think that all women will claim they are called to pastor, or to be a deacon, and that scares them to death.
For the record. I do not want to be a pastor. I do not want to be a deacon.
I just want to be able to walk into my church and not feel that my church holds it against me that I am a woman.
What visible and or written affirmation do you want from your church or denomination that proves you are equal? Have you asked them for it? I do, and you should, too.