Last weekend a friend went to a small country Baptist church in Texas with her husband. Her husband and the pastor had been friends for over 30 years, so they wanted to visit his church.
Before the sermon, the pastor called all the men down front to kneel and pray.
My friend is an elder in her church, and she was astonished to see this display of man power. She said “they all turned their backs to us.”
I am sure they did. I am also sure that they saw nothing wrong with separating the men and the women, leaving the women behind, while the men went to the front and prayed.
You see, not only does the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 of the Southern Baptist Convention address the question of Separation of Church and State, it calls for the Separation of Church and Women.
The church separates men and women more than anything else. What the churches around you believes about women, does not stay inside the church. People make up that church and they are your neighbors, your friends, the shopkeepers, and medical staff.
What your church believes bleeds out into the community, out to those who do not even attend a church, and becomes the norm for society. That is why we must be diligent in speaking out for women’s equality.
I am reading a fictional book that uses the financial situation our country finds itself in now, and how hard it is to get a business going in a small town in New England. Seems like all small towns are in New England as it seems to have a romantic old city charm of fairs and crafts and quilting.
But a couple of sentences caught my attention. Working at the fair, there were some women from the shelter. The shelter for abused women.
All is not right in our world. I agree that men ought to be praying in church. They also ought to be repenting. Even though they have never done anything abusive, or been anything other than loving and kind, and have exemplified the love Jesus showed us, men ought to be praying and repenting and asking for forgiveness for the attitude that has bled out into society and caused women physical and mental harm.
Will you join me in speaking out against churches that meet on Sunday and promote Separation of Church and Women. Will you join me in speaking out against churches that do not speak out for women.