Before I say anything more…check out the previous post from Joshua on my blog…I HIGHLY suggest it! Here’s the link:
“Stones not Bricks: You are the Standard for Normal”
Joshua blogs over at tommarroww.wordpress.com. My faith has really been stretched by the things I’ve learned from Joshua. He has studied Hebrew on his own for many many years, so gets LOTS of questions from me. Surprisingly he hasn’t told me to stop thinking so much. I am thrilled to have him share on one of the many things I’ve picked his brain on…the role of women in life and the church…
Gender suppression has been an issue for at least two thousand years and better, especially in the Body. Too many people have been held back from living life to the fullest as a result of this oppression. There are many reasons for this but they are not relevant. The bottom line is its wrong and it’s time to grow up.
Roles are an invention of mankind to enslave people. Let me explain. In our modern society many people, most often religious people, think it’s a woman’s role to take care of the house and raise the kids whiles it’s a man’s role to provide for and protect the family. Think of the stress this puts on a marriage relationship. Think of the emotional oppression this puts on people who don’t feel as though they adequately fill those roles. From the beginning this was not so. This form of thinking has its roots in Hellenistic Greek philosophy.
In the beginning God created Adam and Havah (Eve). They were one, united, single. Then God removed woman from man and brought them back together reuniting them. Men and women have the exact same chromosomes except for the ‘Y’. They are created equal.
Roles state they are not equal, that the woman is somehow inferior to man. This is contrary to the word of God. The reality is that it’s about responsibility. In a family structure, it is both parents responsibility to provide for the family, take care of the home, raise the kids, and so on. How a couple decides to share those responsibly is their decision alone.
This is the heart of the issue yet its effect extends beyond the marriage relationship. Roles have also been implemented in the Body of Messiah under the same mentality that women are inferior to men. Worse, still, is the perverted use of scripture to support these afterthoughts.
Number one, Paul is not God. The epistles he writes are not commandments. Often times he, himself, reminds us of this. Yet, like other scripture, people readily ignore what they don’t want to hear so they can enforce what seemingly supports their agenda. Peter admonished believes to be aware of this (2 Peter 3:15-16). This application of scripture is backwards.
In the Body of Messiah we are all equal. No one person has authority over another. Likewise, no one gift is greater than another. God gives gifts to whom he will. Should he bestow the gift of a pastor or an apostle or a prophet or a healer upon a female, who are we to oppose the Spirit of God? This applies to every gift from God.
From the beginning God gave us the authority to rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth; not over our fellow man. As a result of sin, we’ve perverted that authority to lord over one another.
As believers this should not be. Love one another; respect the gifts God has given them. Likewise, don’t allow anyone to suppress the gifts God has given you or hold you back from performing the work he desires you to do. And when you see your fellow believer being oppressed, vehemently stand up for them. Be a stone not a brick.
If y’all want to ask questions or dialogue more about this, I’m sure Joshua wouldn’t mind, and neither would I. Which means please do. :)