What do Christian women think when they read the headlines “Village’s men forbid women from voting?”
On Sunday morning the majority of Christian women go to churches where they are “forbidden” by their church to do certain things. Those things range from reading scripture out loud in a mixed group of men and women to taking up the offering.
The Bible does not forbid women from doing those things, but people in the church do.
In Mateela, Pakisatan, women will not be able to vote next week. The village men decided they couldn’t and “It’s the will of my husband,” one woman said. It is always up to the husband to determine to what degree he demands his wife submit.
In our own country we are facing the same thing and women are attending conferences and seminars where they are told that it is God’s grand design for them to obey the will of their husbands.
What do you think when you read that husbands have decided that women can’t vote in a national election? Do you think, “Oh, its just over there and that is how they are?”
Is there any niggling thought in your mind that we are doing the same thing in our churches? Women, on Sunday morning, you walk in the church door and leave your equality outside the door. Why? Because somebody told you to. Is that good enough reason? The Bible does not tell you to do that.
And you – women included –vote on by-laws that keep other women from the equality God gave all women. But more importantly, you keep other women from claiming the freedom Jesus gave them.
Women in Pakistan can’t vote. Well, sister, you can’t either. You are no better off than she is. You can’t speak up either. Or you won’t.
We should be outside the church doors en masse claiming our rights. We should be holding our churches to a greater standard, but we won’t and we don’t.
If you believe the Bible tells women what they can’t do, without the same restrictions being placed on men, you need to wake up. Do you really believe pastors think the Bible says so? They know it doesn’t, but they want you to think it does.
It is always people who tell others what they can’t do. Your pastor will not speak up for you. For those who demand that the congregation steps out on faith, they will not do the same thing. They will not step out of their arena to defend over one half of their congregation. And women will not ask them to.
What a sad state of affairs we are in! Pastors are afraid to speak up and women won’t speak up.