Dear Dr. Floyd,
I can hear your heavy heart in your Presidential Postings of September 8, 2015. “We need a breakthrough.”
My heart also hurts for our nation, our world, and for our Christian faith.
Only God can send the breakthrough, but God works through people, through leaders such as yourself. God works through laypeople such as who I am. As Great Commission people, we must find a way to be what Jesus commanded us to be. Jesus himself led the way, and it is to him that we must look.
You said, “And yes, we also need pastor-leaders by the thousands to rise up and lead forward toward gospel advancement beginning in their towns, cities, across America, and the entire world.”
Jesus said the same thing when he saw the crowds of people needing a shepherd, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
I offer you the breakthrough.
Women are here, called and seminary trained and are ready to be sent into the harvest as pastors and leaders.
“A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religious man replies, “no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.” Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in God and God will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again because “God will grant him a miracle.” With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grant me a miracle and I have been let down.” With tears in his eyes, St. Peter responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”
Dr. Floyd, if you are serious about wanting a breakthrough to reach the masses, you’ll take who God has sent.
Signed: Shirley Taylor, street evangelist for women’s equality
(Note from Shirley: This letter was sent to Dr. Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, on October 5, 2015. I believe Dr Floyd to be a man of prayer and of faith. However, he is praying for men and boys to be raised up as leaders/pastors. God answers prayers, but often not in the way we expect. God is calling leaders and pastors, but because they are women, we keep praying because we expect God to answer our prayer the way we want it. There is a song we used to sing – “Have Thine Own Way, Lord. Have Thine Own Way. Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.”)
Will you pray that our religious leaders will accept God’s own way?