Alexandra - posted on 02/27/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )
(This was not written by me, but I found it online and saved it to my computer to pass on to others. The original author gave permission.)
Are Women Called to be Leaders?
According to many men throughout history, women are not called to be leaders, but what about according to God?
The entire argument for this idea of women roles in the church is based on Paul’s own ideas of the role of women.
1 Timothy 2:12 - And I DO NOT PERMIT a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
The scripture does NOT say : The LORD DOES NOT PERMIT. THE LORD COMMANDS. It's clearly Paul’s idea. Back in Paul’s day, women were treated like possessions of men. In some cases, animals and slaves were treated better than a man’s wife. It was also common for church gatherings to be very loud and disruptive. Men and women sat separated from one another, women on one side and men on another. Occasionally women would call out the their husbands across the room to ask a question. His solution was to tell the woman to remain silent, and ask their questions another time.
Men are real quick to say women should not be in leadership based on Paul’s statement, but Paul also says it is better for men should stay single, and not marry. If you’re going to follow Paul’s words so faithfully on women’s roles, shouldn't you follow all of them, not just the ones you like? There are an awful lot of married men in the Church still claiming women can't be leaders, simply based on the wishes of Paul during his time on earth.
God did not command it, Jesus did not say it. Paul did. 1 Timothy 2:12 was Paul’s ideas about the role of women in a church, based on the customs of the day. Over the centuries people have come to read this one passage as the will of God, when it clearly states it is a command of Paul, and not the Lord.
What man can say they know God's will better than God? The Lord will use whomever is willing, and obedient to the Spirit of God, to spread His good news. No man should place themselves above God and tell a woman it is not God's will for her life to be in a position of leadership, neither should a woman tell a man what is God’s will and what is not.
I've lost count of how many times someone has told me "God would never tell you to do something like that!" But who are they to judge what God did or did not tell me? They are not God. Why are men still so threatened by the idea of a woman in leadership? Why do men insist on putting God in a box? If He chooses to use a woman to spread His message, it's His right.
It is also important to realize that many passages of the Bible have been manipulated over the years to say whatever men thought it should say. Many parts of the Bible are taken way out of context and many things are lost in translation as well.
In King James time, when the Bible was translated from Greek and Hebrew, many passages were changed to suite men's ideas of that time. Many people could not read or write, and if they could, it was common practice of the day to not even allow the people to read the Bible for themselves. Men made it AGAINST THE LAW. The Bible was kept locked in the church, written in Latin. Who is to say some church leaders didn't change the word of God to suite their own ideas? We certainly do it today. The Message Bible is a good example of how men change the word of God through translation.
There are several churches that are forced to have women in positions of leadership because men refuse to lead, or take on the responsibilities of deacons, bishops, ministers and pastors. In today’s world, there are more women in church than men. Men are leaving the church and slipping farther and farther away from God. In a perfect world, there would be enough men to lead every church, but if there aren’t enough men willing to be leaders, God will use who ever is available. What is better: To let a woman step into the role as a church leader to save souls, or allow an entire church or city to fall to because men choose not to lead? Saving souls and getting the message out is all that is important, not the sex of the vessel that God uses to do it. Men and women both need to put aside what they think they know, and follow the Holy Spirit.
It was never God's will for women to be treated with the kind of disrespect some men choose to show women. We are meant to be equal partners to men, as mothers, sisters, and wives. Some women are content to live in a traditional role as homemaker, mother and wife. It is their calling. Other women are called to live a more modern lifestyle, to work in the corporate world and, in some cases, to lead a Church.
God speaks truth to both men and women. A wise man would be confident enough in his role to realize that those kind of old fashioned ideas do nothing to further the Body of Christ in this dark world. There doctrine out there that women can only teach children and other women, but my response to that is that we can all learn from each other. If a man is not humble enough to learn from a woman then he has a problem with spiritual pride, and a true leader has to be humble in all ways. If a woman is willing and lead by God to take a leadership role, knowing its God's will, men should not be so closed minded to stop her in these more modern times. Lord knows, we need more leaders to bring people to Christ (Men and Women both) before its too late. Showing the love of Christ and saving souls is all that really matters. This antiquated attitude toward women is disrespectful to women and to God. It's time for men to realize that women have just as much to offer the Body of Christ as a man does, even in positions of leadership.
Written By: Katrielle
Author’s Note: I am not a church leader, nor do I ever wish to be. This blog is simply my thoughts on this particular scripture after I spent some time in prayer.