(The next post will be April 25, the day after Easter. I don’t want to complain or to exhort, during this next week during which we remember Jesus’ crucifixion, beginning with the Last Supper, and Good Friday. Join me back here after Easter and we will continue with the dialogue.)
Fear. You could feel it all around in the days leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. The chief priests and the elders were afraid of the people if they said anything against the prophet John the Baptist. Three times we are told that they were afraid of the people. Peter was afraid.
A few years ago, former president Jimmy Carter and a group of other Baptists met to form what they called the New Baptist Covenant. They met for two years, but did not meet last year. They are meeting again in November of this year. Their theme is from Luke 4:18-19 “to proclaim the release of the captives, and the recovery of sight for the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
It is my hope that they will speak of the oppression of women.
- Women in our Baptist churches are being oppressed by being told that their husbands are in control of them.
- Women are being oppressed by the men in these congregations who are taught that they are the head of their wife.
- Women are being oppressed when they are told that their husband, their son, or any male finds more favor with God than they do.
- Women are being oppressed when their church tells them that they cannot even receive certain calls from God simply because they are a woman.
- Women are being oppressed by our denominational leaders who adopt the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood because it is a slap in their face and an arrogant attitude by our church leaders.
- Women are being oppressed when the church puts on its website the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the restrictions on them.
- Women are being oppressed by their pastors who will not speak up for over one-half of their congregation.
- Women are being oppressed by the associational leaders and the state convention leaders who do not feel an urgency to speak up for equality of over one-half of their people.
- Women are being oppressed by our leaders who are afraid that they will lose their comfortable churches if they speak up.
- Women are being oppressed by a Christian society that is lapping up this idea of male headship.
- Women are being oppressed by the sin of their church – because it is a sin when they deny God’s creation
I hate to say it, but I think the Manly Men are afraid.