“You don’t back that up with scripture!” That is what I hear most often by those who don’t like what I have to say about gender equality. Some times I tell them that they know those scriptures as well as I do, and there is no need for me to quote scripture at them.
I heard this again this past week. No, I did not run to the Bible or to E-Sword to find scripture to back up what I was saying. It wouldn’t have done any good. They’ve read the scriptures, and their mind is frozen in place.
It pained me, but I gave this person the scriptures to back up what I was saying. Of course it wasn’t exactly what he thought he was going to get. I told him that this scripture backs up what I say: Matthew 1 through Revelation 22:21.
We all pick out our favorite scriptures and parrot them. We do this and overlook the overall theme of the Bible. This past week someone sent me a link to a blog that has what is being called Theological Triage. Somebody decided that certain things in the Bible has more importance than others. I don’t disagree with that. But this person hasn’t done the math. He put gender roles in the church in the second tier. I imagine that women’s so-called roles have become preeminent in Baptist and evangelical life, and is given more importance than almost everything listed above it. How we do church hinges on how we view women in the church.
Their pyramid goes like this with the top being the pinnacle:
- Full deity and actual humanity of Christ
- The Trinity
- Justification by faith alone
- Authority of the scriptures
- Lord’s Supper
- Gender roles in the church
- Millennial views
- Gospel freedom issues
- Certain Eschatological questions
- Understanding of some difficult texts
- Understanding of miraculous gifts
Gender roles in the church is in the second tier. Like the prostitute that was handed $20 dollars, I don’t know whether to be offended or pleased. It has 7 above it and 5 below, or else it would be smack-dab in the middle.
It is a subject that really doesn’t belong in this Triageology. Gender roles have absolutely nothing to do with scripture. Jesus said it himself: “The greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all your heart, and the second is like unto it, to love your neighbor as yourself. ” Wives, submit to your husbands” was not Jesus’ commandment.
Where would you put gender roles in the church? Are you like me and believe it has no place in a Theological Triage tier?
Do you know why it has no place in this tier? It has no place in this tier because it gives men a place of authority over another person (a woman) who has been justified by Faith alone in the same manner that the husband is justified. In this Theological Triage tier, gender roles means that women are held to certain second-class roles determined by individual churches, and the fact that it is listed in a Theological Triage gives men equality with Christ.
Will you join me in speaking out against men who decide that gender roles is one of the most important subjects in the Bible?