What if every doctrine had to be backed up by at least one scripture where Jesus speaks or acts? If that were the case, the doctrine of male headship would never have seen the light of day. There is a song we grew up with that has these words, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face.” If we Christians would look full in the face of Jesus, no one would claim to have headship over another.
I recently read “Becoming HIS Story: Inspiring women to Leadership” by Mary-Elsie Wolfe.
The author lives in Canada where she and her husband pastor a church. In her book, Mary-Elsie takes us back to basics. It reminds us of why we are Christians in the first place, and who it is that we have chosen to follow and whose name we have committed to.
We see Jesus raising women up out of their culture to something much larger- by his actions along with his words. Mary-Elsie brings us along to see Jesus’ leadership methods as he teaches the different Marys, and Martha, and the Samaritan woman. She encourages us to follow his example as we build up each other.
One part in particular spoke to my heart. Mary-Elsie leads us to consider that “perhaps the last 50 years have already been part of the rumblings to a new movement.”
These rumblings are created by women and men who have decided to follow Jesus instead of elevating men to holy status. It is pastors like Mary-Elsie who will bring this to fruition. Together, across borders, we are reaching out to both and women to look full upon Jesus’ face and to follow his example.
We are privileged to be part of Jesus’ working in our religious culture in this period of Christian history. We are humbled to be HIS story.
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