“If you want to know what brings about revolutions, it is not GDP rising or falling,” says Russian historian Leon Aron, “it is the quest for dignity….The spark that lights the fuse is always the quest for dignity. Today’s technology just makes the fire much more difficult to put out.”
Could that also be said for women and our struggle for equality?
Isn’t dignity what we are hungering for?
We are tired of being second-class. There is no Biblical reason for women to be held to a standard that was prevalent in the first century. Men have moved with the centuries.
Societal injustices have kept women second-class, but even that has begun change. The church is holding on to an out-moded belief that women are spiritually equal to men, but that scripturally they cannot hold the same offices that men do. That is silly.
The office of a deacon is not so important that a woman can’t do it. If it is, then many churches have read those same scriptures and come to different conclusions.
- The Baptists do not allow women to serve the Lord’s Supper, and they cannot be deacons, or pastors.
- The Churches of Christ do not allow a woman to serve the Lord’s Supper, be a deacon, or take part in business meetings, and a woman cannot be a pastor.
- The Catholics allow women to give out the ‘host,’ (the wafer), but do not allow women to be deacons, or priests.
- The Disciples of Christ allow women to serve the bread and juice and be deacons and elders, and pastors
- The Methodists allow women to serve the communion, be elders, and pastors.
There is only one Bible. But the many denominations have read that same Bible and found their own way to hold women to a second class citizenship. Many evangelical churches believe that women should be under the authority of her husband. But many like those listed above, have taken that step and now allow women full dignity in the church.
The revolution for dignity in our churches has already begun, and some have already won. Will you be a part of this revolution?