Escaped by the skin of their teeth

Whew, that was close! The #metoo movement and #timesup didn’t make a dent in churches that deny women equality. Escaped by the skin of their teeth. The groundswell for women swirled around, but churches were not affected by it. Sexual misconduct toward women stems from the very idea that women are not real people – which is propagated by the church.

Women are not clamoring to be deacons in their churches, or to be able to find a church to pastor, and are not even asking for the privilege to read scripture in front of the congregation, nor are they asking to be allowed to be an usher or to even take up the morning offerings.

Who is surprised?

I’m not.

Church women got here in this pitiful state of non-citizenship in their churches because they did not ask and they did not receive.

It should come as no surprise that those who have leadership is not going to share it. They haven’t so far, and they are not going to now.

They are breathing a sigh of relief as the Florida students march on Washington, and as women marched in March 2017 for equality. Nobody is marching against the church that keeps women from all these positions mentioned above.

What is taught in the church bleeds out into society and those who do not even go to church abide by the culture the church has produced. That culture is patriarchal. It will remain so.

It will remain so until we begin standing up and speaking up in our churches. It is time we act like we are real people. IT IS TIME!

I dare you. Tell your pastor that times up. Tell your pastor that taking up the offering, ushering, reading scripture should be open to all members and that includes “me too.”

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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