There are lots of voices out there discussing gender roles, women in the church, feminism, egalitarianism, complementarianism and the like. Some I agree with whole heartedly. Some I disagree with passionately. I have started and stopped several blog posts that I wrote to critique certain bloggers or up and coming books but for some reason, I kept getting stuck. I didn’t have clarity of thought. It’s like I had a head full of ideas and rebuttals to what certain people are blogging about out there in cyber world but nothing coherent to write about. I am a passionate person. But I also know the danger in that. I don’t want to be passionate about something to where I come at it from the wrong angle ie- criticism.
I think there is a time and place to properly critique something. And I may still do that. I am contemplating doing a book review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans who I disagree with on multiple levels. And as much as I wanted to write an article exposing her whole worldview, I realized that for now, it may be more constructive to share what I have learned in the positive about biblical womanhood in order to be an encouragement to other women who are seeking to understand what the Bible says about that and to live it out.
Then I realized that this is my 100th blog post. That’s kind of a mile stone for me. I have been blogging each month for the last year and two months. It’s funny how blogging can either be a cause of insecurity by putting stuff out there or a way to put insecurity to death…by putting stuff out there. I sometimes lament that I have few blogs that I feel really good about. Then I try to remind myself my original intent for blogging. A year ago I had just moved here, I needed an outlet for myself, to be creative, to document things that were going on in our lives, for family, to process what I was learning. At the encouragement of a dear friend I started the blog. At first there were a lot of posts about “thanksgiving” because that was a truth the Lord was driving into my heart. Well now, 100 posts later, I find myself adventuring into another realm.
Why do I want to write about Biblical Womanhood? Why do I say I am passionate about it? I think this issue is so critical in our culture today. I am someone who is vastly interested in culture. Maybe that’s why I was an Intercultural Studies Major. Every person’s individual worldview affects how they think. Christians have a responsibility to think with a Christian worldview. That’s what I want to do with womanhood and gender issues. From what I have been reading and learning about, we Christians have let a secular worldview often guide our thinking.
Dr. Bruce Ware has this to say about gender issues in our culture today:
“Post-moderns and ethical relativists care little about doctrinal truth claims…what they do care about, and care with a vengeance, is whether their feminist agenda and sexual perversions are tolerated, endorsed and expanded in an increasingly neo-pagan landscape. Because this is what they care most about, it is precisely here that Christianity is most vulnerable. To lose the battle here is to subject the Church to increasing layers of departure from biblical faith.” (Women’s Ministry in the Local Church pg .39)
I often read from Christian women who say it’s wrong to keep a woman out of the pulpit who feels a call to preach. One of the major problems I see with this statement is the use of the word “feel”. I think we are in a danger zone if we allow our subjective feelings of being “called” to override the objective truth of Scripture. What we need to do when examining the Bible for truth related to gender issues is put our feelings aside as much as possible and allow God’s Word to speak truth.
There are many today that prize the “seeking” over the “knowing”. In our postmodern world, it is wrong to know anything for sure. I have no problem with asking the tough questions. I am not afraid of them because I believe the Bible has definite answers. The difference lies in whether you are asking questions to come to a conclusion of truth or not. I don’t want to be a “weak woman” that Paul talks about in 2 Timothy 3:6-7 who is “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.”
Questions I want to explore and seek answers to over the coming weeks:
What does the Fall have to do with gender roles?
What does the Gospel have to do with gender roles?
What’ the difference between egalitarianism and complementarianism?
What’s the difference between men and women?
Can women preach?
Can you be a Christian egalitarian or a Christian feminist?
What does Biblical Womanhood really look like?
I’m sure I will come up with more but this just helps me have an idea of where I am going…and you too.