I occasionally stumbled on this blog, but for some reason never noticed the page announcing that this was a collaborative blog. A long time ago I attempted to start one but it didn’t work out due to low readership. Why write when only three people (two others besides the writer) were reading your words? And the other two were brothers. Also we were all pretty much “ABC’s” from the American SW.
Well thank you David Park for allowing me to write. I discovered I commented on here a few years ago on annabanana’s blog entry related to “Women In Ministry”. Two years later, I wonder if my comments were rude? Maybe one day, when video blogging becomes quicker that would be a better forum. To clarify, I’m not sure if I am a good enough writer (or anyone else for that matter) to truly convey my thoughts on a matter. What I mean is, in writing, it’s hard to guage someone’s tone. There may be items left to intrepretation, or questions of interpretation. So I commented on another Next Gener.Asian’s post on women in ministry and as I revisit my comments it has caused me to think and possibly need to clarify…no matter, the conversation sort of ended.
As I go back to the post by Anna, I would add (today). I think the 1 Timothy 2:12 verse deals with the home and the church. Women are teachers in the bible. As I delve more into the Egalitarian/Complimentarian debate, that on the surface complimentarians seem old fashioned. But the Bible does have women teaching other women, and even men (but those situations as far as I’ve noticed are in private settings, not in the church). And I see Deborah as a political leader. Why not woman pursue your doctorate, write books, teach (there are many avenues-from parachurch to schools)…but in church and home, submission to male authority in today’s age would be the ultimate act of humility…well not compared to God becoming a human person…but close. (Esp. as women are the stronger sex).
Someone argued that 1 Timothy 2:12 begs the question, “Does that mean that other men have authority over my wife?” After some thought it has occurred to me, well, in your church it would be your Pastor as the authority (not all the other men) because not all the men are pastors…and in your home, that would be the father/husband. I recently got married, and its just me in my home. Now in regards to that I may be the head but my wife is the neck!
I guess my stance has changed a bit, and I hope to flesh this out a bit more. As I revisit that post (linked above), some additional comments:
- “losing support” (the author works/ed in a para-church org)-that was a shame, since she actually did not work in the church. I’m sure some would say that the parachurch group should support the church, and that’s where discipling is best done. But our churches are not getting the job done.
- I’m not sure that breaking fellowship over this issue is what needs to be done, although the battles along egalitarian/complimentarian issues seem like that…
- ordination-I was curious for what reason? If to receive validation from one’s congregation that they are called to ministry, I say great. Its good to have a body validate one’s ministry, but perhaps the greatest validation comes not from the bride but the bridegroom. The body/church/bride will disappoint, but Jesus never will. Pleasing the church in their wants may displease Jesus, so we do all we can to be please our King. This may involve not getting recoginized by other people…