I wonder how many stories have been started this week about the terror attacks in Paris, and then deleted before they were ever finished because they may have offended someone? I have done that. I have been very careful of what I say.
But what I am not going to delete is this: Christians have a message to tell the world, and it is time that we do it. Over 800 years ago, Christians decided to force Christianity upon people by the sword. Then we tried hellfire and damnation. None of those worked. Somewhere along the line Jesus was lost, and it is up to this generation to find Him.
We have just come through the Christmas season and we have sung songs about the declaration of the angels: Peace on earth! Goodwill to men. Go Tell it on the Mountain, that Jesus Christ was born.
Every day I speak against injustice toward women. And I am here to tell you that at the root of all these religious attacks are how women are viewed. When a nation and a people and a religion can hate over one-half of the world, that hate extends to anybody else they choose. It gives license. That license to discriminate against women is found in churches, in mosques, in temples, and on the street. Christians need to examine their hearts and accept complete equality for women in churches and in their own homes. The concept of male headship, which is also seen in putting burqas and scarves on women, has no place in Christianity.
If American churches would lead the way, change would happen. As it is, the majority of religions in the United States today will not allow women full equality. Until we do, we give license. We cannot say that we are different, until we resolve our feelings about male headship, in light of the actions and teachings of Christ.
The reality is that most Christians cannot condemn this teaching against women because, they, too, believe it and teach it. However, they are still leaving Jesus out of Christianity. Jesus is our standard, and since Jesus did not commit women to husbands, or to males, and because Jesus did not deny women anything based on their being women, then we cannot in good stewardship of the gospel, do so either.
When we are willing to withhold the complete God from women (which we do when we deny that women can serve God in every capacity), that is hate. It is also obstructing the message of Christ.
Will you speak up for women? Will you determine that people will know that we are different?