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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Equality of Men and Women

I am finishing up my education here at Randolph-Macon as any of you who read this post may know, and I am currently taking two classes that will really get your mind tracking when it comes to our ideas of Christianity.

Recently a great mentor and my professor Dr. Breitenberg, has presented our class with the idea of women in Christianity. Anyone and especially women will note that they have constantly been oppressed in the faith and held out of major roles like deacons, missionaries and especially ministers and pastors of churches. This is especially true in my own denominational background Southern Baptist. But in this hierarchy of sex the church has overlooked some fundamental scriptures, namely the first scriptures of the whole Bible.

I would like to talk about Genesis chapters 1 and 2.

This comes from Genesis 1:

"26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, b]">[b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.""


When we see this scripture God is calling for the creation of man and women, for humankind all together and at once. What does this mean for us? Well, it is rather simple, he created men and women on equal footing, and of equal standing before him. There is to be no hierarchy of the sexes, there is to be none of this men are to have the higher and superior role because they are made in the image of God. All of mankind was made in God's image. And, to further that statement I would like to ask, have any of us ever seen God? Do we know what His image even is? The resounding answer is no, we have never seen God and to state that one sex was made more in the glory of God is atrocious and ludacris.


Another piece of scripture that supports this is found in Genesis 2. It is the description of the creation of men and women, and what God clarifies about that creation.

Gen 2: 18 " Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make for him a helper as his partner."

And


Gen 2:24 "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother CLINGS to his wife, and they BECOME ONE FLESH."


Here we see that woman was not made to be subservient, she was made as a helper and a partner, not under, not above, but to work side by side with her man. Therefore, we should realize that all women must be made equal for us to truly enter into the community God ordained. Also, the chapter goes on to conclude that a man clings to his wife, he holds fast to her like a baby to his mother. Clinging is almost the equivalent of holding on for dear life, and that is what Adam did with Eve. This is not a picture of Adam lording over his wife, and making her submiss to his every want and whim. Sin has ruined this picture. We need to remember that like the one flesh that men and women came from they are to return to being one flesh with each other, through relationship, and through family and marriage.

2 comments:

  1. Just to clarify what you are saying, do you believe women can be Pastors?

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  2. I am saying that men and women are equal, to say that one or other can not be a pastor is limiting God's call on humanity, and also limiting the role of the gifts of the Spirit. We were created equal and women can do all that men can. So to answer the question, yes, they can be Pastors.

    But the greater point here is for the church to truly be what God wants we must return to the way it was in the early first century when it was persecuted and true, and there was equality of all.

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