Whenever Christians speak about women’s equality, the first thing you hear is “I don’t want any women preachers.” Then comes the connection that is fostered upon people, and is not found anywhere in the Bible, linking those women who feel a call to preach, as having homosexual tendencies.
But the main focus on women’s equality is not women preachers, it is not even women deacons. When I began my ministry, all I wanted was for churches to allow women to be deacons. A deacon! That’s all. I have come to realize that equal means equal, and there is no limit to what women can do in service to God and in her church.
How often do you tell your daughter that she is inferior to your son? You tell her that every time you take her to church where she cannot be a deacon. Or to a church where she can’t answer her call to pastor – but you will gladly ship her off overseas to some foreign land where she can be a ‘missionary.’
Is ‘missionary’ less than being a deacon in the church? Who decided that being a deacon is the second highest calling, next to pastor, that a church can have?
We depend upon our missionaries to spread the gospel. Southern Baptists have Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). Baptists allow young women to go to the mission field for two year stints, and even allow them to go for longer periods of time. Unmarried women are allowed to go to the mission field which may be a dangerous place for women to be.
Who decided that the mission field can have women who are not ‘qualified’ to be deacons (the second highest office in Baptist churches) but who can be ‘qualified’ to be a missionary?
We swallow camels and strain gnats. Our bellies are full of camels.
Until every girl and every woman sitting in a church pew can serve as God calls her, or even as churches call deacons, then no woman is equal in your church.
When you walk into the church door, you are telling your girls and your wife, that all men, any man, is superior in God’s and the church’s eyes, to her.
Is that what you want for your family?
As Molly Brown said in “Titanic” movie as the women in the lifeboats refused to go looking or survivors: “These are your men out there! Don’t you want to go back and save them?” Men, these are your wives, your daughters, your sisters out there, trying to survive in the cold waters of their church. Don’t you want to help them?
Its 2016 – If you are ready to see your wife, your daughter, your sister be all that she can be in her church, tell your pastor that it is time.
(reprint from April 2012)