Archive for January, 2011
In this conversation, both of my friends (the pastor and his wife) are very supportive of this woman joining the elder board. Not only has she faithfully served in the church but also has ministered at other churches and in the community with obvious giftedness and anointing, which has earned her great respect. However, one elder, in particular, is having a problem with the thought of a woman having authority over a man. Of course, you can imagine the Scriptures that he has identified to preclude any such eventuality, among them 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-35.
This issue of women serving in church leadership remains a contemporary “hot button” and raises the question of how spiritually gifted women might fulfill their God-given calling within the local church and beyond. These scriptures mentioned above remain the arsenal for the prohibition of women fully expressing their giftedness in serving the body of Christ. Further, traditional views/practices and cultural assumptions related to the preclusion of women serving in leadership roles in the church reinforce these textual interpretations.
As I survey churches across America, I notice that far too few of the churches maintain a true prophetic character. Pathetic apathy compromise the prophetic nature of the Church that Jesus expects. In the face of oppressive immigration laws, poverty, violence, abuse, bullying, resistant and evil racism, and greed, the churches must become “the Church.” There is a need for a unified prophetic voice of “the Church” that cries aloud and spares not! The Church is not a privatized business opportunity for men and women who seize the opportunity to attract people to collect tithe and offerings. The Church that Christ intends is not a social club that collects membership fees and bifurcate the haves from the have-nots. That is what I see among many of our churches. In his 1963 Strength to Love, King says, “If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.” Read the rest of this entry »