Everyone loves a hero. I once asked a man cited for bravery about what he had done to earn the award. He said, “What I did was really stupid.” That made me realize that doing the ordinary, or safe things, are not those things that bring medals and awards.
The ordinary person will take the easy, expected course. That is not bravery.
Bravery is doing something that is difficult, dangerous, and may even be called stupid.
So it is with Christians.
Did you know that in India there is a game called Eve teasing which is sexual harassment or molestation of women by men? They can do it because of the sin of Eve. Those activists blame the rising incidents of sexual harassment on the influence of “Western Culture.” When they refer to Western Culture, that is the United States they are talking about.
What they do not know is that churches in the United States have adopted Eve teasing as theology. Women are told they must submit to males because of the sin of Eve.
This theology of female submission comes from many sources: The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 ( a bi-product of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and of course The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.) The Bible does not teach female submission as a biblical commandment, even though it is most often the source cited.
I wonder what women in India would think if they knew that every Sunday morning in American churches, many women hear that they are equal to men, but have different functions, or roles? These roles they have assigned to women are, of course, roles of submissiveness. Would they recognize this as Eve teasing?
Would women in India believe that in churches all across the United States of America, Christian women are denied equality before the God that made all people?
It takes courage to step up to your pastor and tell him that women are equal. No buts. No different functions. No male roles and no female roles are set forth in the spiritual kingdom.
We need a hero who will tell pastors that Eve-teasing is insulting, denigrating, and dangerous to women. We need a hero who will tell pastors that other countries may denigrate their women, but we will not set that example in our pulpits for them to follow.
Everybody loves a hero. Will you be a hero?