Much ado has been made by complementarian restrictionists about the roles that women play (a mixture of Paris Hilton and Donna Reed) in God’s great scheme of things. But one pastor was serious when he asked me a question that he thought would stump me.
Was it unjust to limit the role of priest to Levite males? I do not give this example to equate the Old Testament priesthood with the New Testament pastorate. I give it only to make the point that sometimes God limits roles for His own purpose, and that is O.K.
I wish more pastors would ask me those hard questions. It took me three minutes to answer this question, and part of that time was spent laughing. This is what I told the SBC pastor:
The scripture is very clear here. It had nothing whatsoever to do with them being male. It was because of their actions and their hearts. The Levites were formally set apart after they did not take part in the idolatry of the golden calf idol. They killed 3,000 of those who were running wild, as Moses ordered. (Exodus Chapter 32:25-29)
After it was all over, Moses said of the Levites, “Today you have ordained yourselves for the service of the Lord, each one at the cost of his son and of his brother, that he may bestow a blessing upon you this day (Exodus 32:29).
Where are the Levites when we need them?
Amos sent me a blog yesterday and I made a few comments, and the John Piper quoters came out of the woodwork. They love this man! He has become the modern day Paul, but they need to watch out because he is also Aaron.
But John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and Al Mohler and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood are making little Golden Calf Husbands* and there is no one to stop them. Let me correct that. There is NO ONE WHO WILL STOP THEM. Foolish women fall down around their words and praise them for the chains they wear.
Help is needed – Levites, please apply. There is a job for you. Oh, you need not be a man to apply. This job is open to men and women. After all, this is the 21st century. The Golden Calfs being made are the husbands of these foolish women.
*see my post Golden Calf Husbands on January 14, 2011
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood and others have demanded that women strip themselves of their God-given gold accessories and abilities and identities, and they have taken that gold and have made a golden idol and called it the husband.