A man told me recently that I had an agenda. I think he was using a Baptist cuss word.
I think he meant that I want something that he doesn’t want or that he doesn’t agree with. Actually the word agenda has no emotional baggage attached to it. It simply means a list of things desired.
So of course I have an agenda. I make no apologies for having an agenda.
My list has only one thing on it. Let me spell out my agenda so everybody will know:
1. I want to be able to walk into my church without feeling that my church holds it against me that I am a woman.
A list is not much of a list unless it has two items on it, so let’s add another item to my agenda list:
2. I want every woman to be able to walk into her church without feeling that her church holds it against her that she is a woman.
Why wouldn’t that be every woman’s agenda? Why would men be afraid of this agenda? They already walk into a church and give not one thought whatsoever as to whether or not that church holds it against them that they are men.
Maybe I ought to add another item to my agenda list:
3. I want women and men to speak up and demand that women be able to walk into their church without feeling that their church holds it against them that they are women.
This brings to mind another item that I need to add to my agenda list.
4. I want pastors to make it a priority in their church to change the by-laws of their church so that women will be able to walk into their church without feeling that their church holds it against them that they are women.
I think that says it all, but there is one more thing I need to add to my agenda list:
5. I want denominational leaders to get the courage to stand up and speak up for 60% of their church membership who are not able to walk into their church without feeling that their church holds it against them that they are women.
I have an agenda. It is a simple agenda. But it is just words on a computer until men and women begin to speak up for themselves.
If this is your agenda also, will you join me in speaking up for equality for Christian women in our churches?