A new day has dawned – Now What?

He is Risen!  I saw him, Mary said.

Now what?

There were things to be done.  But nobody knew exactly what that was.  Their leader had miraculously reappeared.  But it was not the same.  He came and went at unexpected times.  He looked different.  He acted different.  This definitely was not a continuation of life as it had been before the crucifixion.

Now what? 

There were two on the road to Emmaus who encountered the risen Jesus.  He talked with them and even ate with them. When they realized who he was, they immediately returned to Jerusalem and found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together.  The women were there.  They had just finished their dinner and had leftover fish to give to Jesus.

Luke tells us that in Acts 1:13-14: “they went upstairs to the room where they were staying… They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” They were so excited and still repeating the story over and over when Jesus himself joined them.

Jesus told all of them, including the women: “You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:45-49 NIV)

Now what?

They were all together in one place and the whole house was filled with the sound like a blowing of a violent wind.  All of them were willed with the Holy Spirit. Peter went outside and spoke to the crowd: “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:17-18 NIV)

In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your young men will see visions,
Your old men will dream dreams
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
And they will prophesy.

Now what?

Most people sitting in church have no idea what their belief in male authority and female submission looks like on paper.  Read this paper by Kevin Giles, who is an advocate for women’s equality.  In this paper he is critiquing the teachings of some hierarchical complementarians.  You can find this on SpoudazO Logos who is one of our regular readers and whose comments you often see.

The attitude he describes so well is what we are facing.

Now what?  How do we convince these women who have accepted male domination in their home, in their church, and in their society, that male domination is not what Jesus died for.  Jesus offered freedom to men and women.  Centuries have passed and this is where we find ourselves.  Now what will you do to speak up for women’s equality?


About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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2 Responses to A new day has dawned – Now What?

  1. TL says:

    Thank you for the plug. 🙂

    On Giles page 3 he makes an important point about the discrepancy of the religious term “complementarian”. Giles points out that most people (until informed otherwise) would take the statement “equal and complementary” in its standard dictionary meaning. The dictionary meaning would indicate gender equality of ministering side by side. But we know that this isn’t what is meant. His words…

    “The ‘equality’ affirmed was entirely spiritual and heavenly, and the complementarity was that of the benevolent master and the servant, or the teacher and the pupil. In the home wives were to be under the authority of their husbands and in the church men were to lead and to teach. It was almost as if the language chosen was chosen to obfuscate what was really being argued on the day and further this agenda by making it all sound innocuous.”

    This changing and confusing of a good word in order to promote an inequality contrary to the meaning of the word, has worked for gender hierarchalists in some ways. Some Christians think they are being complementary in the dictionary sense while they are promoting hierarchy. At it’s core, at its creation, this is a deliberate deception by the originators and the promoters who created the term instead of using words that accurately described their belief system.

    The problem is that many innocents have been caught up in this net and are not fully aware of the ramifications of this belief system. This is where those who are aware need to speak with gentle but firm clarity. How will they know unless we inform them.


    • We have got to get this message across somehow. The average person in the pew is uneducated about what it is that they have bought into. This is a very good point that you make. He says the same thing at the last sentence “are not fully award of the ramifications of this belief system.” We will help each other educate them. My soul burns within me at this need. Shirley


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