The Baptist leaders tell me that women were created for certain roles. And that men were created for certain roles.
One problem I find with this is that the role of pastor and deacon can be held only by men. As I posted Wednesday, they are overlooking the real meaning of the scriptures they use to give men the elevated positions.
How do I know they are elevated positions?
Because if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be denied to women.
Nobody seriously thinks that a superior position would be given to a woman.
But then I get confused. Because they tell me that this was laid down at the creation.
So I’m thinking back to the creation. Adam was told to till the soil and Eve was told to cry out in pain while having a baby.
But something went wrong there in the garden.
For all these past thousands of years women were working right alongside the husband and kids, feeding the family, and taking care of the animals, and providing clothes and shelter – and crying out in childbirth.
Home-birthing is coming back in favor among some Christian conservatives – so here we go crying in pain during childbirth again. After all, that was the only job given to women.
The problem I am having with this is that women are missionaries, they write Sunday school lessons, write and teach Bible Studies, serve on boards, teach in seminaries, are administrative assistants to pastors, and a host of other things.
So I ask:
- Are our missionaries inferior to deacons?
- Are our Sunday school writers inferior to a deacon?
- Are our professors in seminaries inferior to deacons?
- Are our administrative assistants to pastors inferior to deacons?
And the reply I hear back from our Baptist leaders is:
Only the women.