Years ago when I worked for Baptist General Convention of Texas, we went through a phase like many businesses do. This one was called “Beyond these Walls.” It meant that we were actively seeking to extend our church ministries outside the church building. Of course churches have always done that and still do. But there was an awareness that we had not been doing a good job of it. So we held seminars and talked about and probably did something about it.
You don’t hear those words any more.
So I was a little surprised when my interview with Sarah Neary of the Voice of Russia reported that I said that the issue of women’s equality must be solved within the walls of the church. I hadn’t said it that way. What I said was that if church didn’t do it (within the walls) then it would have to come some other way. To me that meant Beyond these Walls.
Jesus was the one who announced to women that he was the Messiah .Also, when he was resurrected, a woman was the first of the genders to realize he had risen, though there were men present at the time. Females did not look for power or competitive roles but rather it was men who did so. However, Jesus Christ forewarned Christians about the people who wanted to have all the powers.
Gender equality continues to be an uphill battle for the majority of females of the Christian faith. However, certain steps need to be taken in order for the genders to become balanced inside the holy church and out. Learning more about women’s equality for men is another crucial piece which needs to be fit in the puzzle of gender tolerance in religion. “They must remember Jesus, from whom we get Christianity. Jesus did not oppress women,” Taylor reminded.
Naturally, a progression of equality amongst the genders within the church unit would be a sound benefit to the stability and respect of women in the church. Taylor says though they have set a course of male headship and female submission that is detrimental to Christianity. Now, we struggle in the 21st century trying to make genders just and fair outside the church, when perhaps solving the issue should come from within church walls.
Read the whole article “Christianity puts men in power and ignores women’s rights.
This is what I actually said.
What can society do? First, they can understand exactly what it is that churches are telling women. Women in the United States are educated and have freedoms that are denied by other women in other countries. These freedoms should be promoted inside the church. Sadly, it will more than likely have to come from groups that are outside the church to make it happen. As I say in my book, most women in church do not want to make a fuss about equality. But a fuss must be made before change will come. So if church women abdicate their responsibility, some other group must step up.
Read the interview. The whole world should know what is going on in our churches. We egalitarian Christians will have to get out of the huddle and get our message out into the world. It will have to become a social conscience. Because the church is not going to do it.
The Southern Baptist Convention is meeting in Houston next week. They will issue a statement against gays and Boy Scouts. They have settled the question of female submission and it has been adopted and swallowed. Over and done with. No need to even talk about it.
But we must talk about it. Will you bring the conversation out into the open? Reporters love stories. Sarah Neary contacted me the first time when she was writing a story about women’s equality, but I contacted her the second time. Let’s get the word out Beyond These Walls!