Women’s roles in the church – it’s a touchy topic.
Today’s excerpt is from The Resignation of Eve, a book that can be a tough read. It’s compiled from interviews with women in a variety of circumstances and with a variety of beliefs.
Regardless of your position on what women should or shouldn’t do in the church, conversations about this topic are important to talk about, to listen to, to read about, and to think through.
And to change your mind about as needed.
Excerpt from The Resignation of Eve:
Let me ask my male readers this question: when was the last time the word allow was used to describe what you could do in church for no other reason than that you are a man?
. . . The worst thing is that millions of women have resigned.
Some women have resigned from Christianity, some have resigned from God, but many have simply developed a more insidious form of resignation, the invisible resignation that people develop when they’ve given up hope.
This kind of resignation leads a woman to appear to be present when she actually left the building years ago.
. . . One of the most alarming trends taking place in the church today is that long-term insiders like Laura and Tom are looking at options other than conventional church to satisfy their spiritual hunger.
By the time leaders like these two veteran missionaries begin asking why the church is so slow on the uptake regarding women, you can be sure that multiple thousands of the less committed have already left the building.
What’s interesting is that many of these church dropouts are not Kingdom dropouts.
Like Laura and Tom, these “revolutionaries,” as George Barna calls them, often invent new ways to express themselves spiritually, even self-funding their spiritual enterprises while keeping their day jobs.
When the church loses leaders like Laura, that’s what I call eating the principal.
– Jim Henderson
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- Drop the pride – it’s all grace
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