Today at the post office I was packaging up some of my booklets “Dethroning Male Headship – because it doesn’t have a leg to stand on” to send to Jocelyn Andersen (co-founder with me of Freedom for Christian Women Coalition www.FreeCWC.com .
I spent some time taping down the box and then helped another woman as she taped her box. It is a small post office and there were about 5 women customers, and the male clerk. When I proudly took my box up to the clerk for the postage, he went through his spiel “does this contain any liquid, any glass, or anything potentially explosive?”
“Yes!” I said.
“It is a box of books about women’s equality in the churches, and there will be some people who might explode when they read it.”
He didn’t crack a smile. So I said, “you don’t mind a little humor, do you?” and he agreed that we all need humor.
As I turned to leave, I said to the women who had heard all this “remember, equality for women in our churches.”
One of the first things that a little child learns is to put his fingers together and to say ‘This is the church, and here is the steeple, open it up and here are the people.’
Even though we know better, we cling to that idea that the building is the real church, not the people.
There is a Methodist hymn that goes like this:
I am the church,
You are the church,
We are the church together
All who follow Jesus, all around the world, yes, we’re the church together.
The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place,
the church is a people.
In this series we will discuss the modern day ‘church’ and call for a new song for Baptist churches and other evangelical churches that do not recognize women fully as ‘the people.’
Lord, create in me a new song. A song of reformation. A song that will speak to women who are free and ultimately equal.
I look forward to this journey with you as we discuss how to create a new song.