…God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak, but should be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, they should ask their own husbands at home, for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church meeting.
1 Corinthians 14:33-35 HCSB
Father please bring and maintain peace in my life, even during storms. Please enlighten me as to Paul’s words reinforcing a belief of order within Your church and the roles of man and woman, as they contradict the makeup of today’s churches and in many families. Father help us to see how Your gifts can best be applied to and for use by both men and women, so that none of us are wasting our gifts and making a mockery of Your good name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I was thrown off by these verses because they basically say a woman has no voice in the church unless a man gives it to her. But what of the woman chosen and empowered by God? Are we to believe that God would only choose women in the roles of bearers of human fruit that He nurtures into leaders? Or is it unfathomable to embrace the examples given in earlier accounts of women whom God called to serve in capacities greater than just mothers? Do we discourage women from listening and tuning in to that voice inside that calls them to stand up, speak, and lead both in the church and in the community?
I pray for clarification, for the Bible serves as an amazing roadmap that is timeless. What changed that freed people to believe that it was acceptable for women to take part in the church? Or is it that men had to and still have to first approve a woman speaking her mind and serving as a church leader?
What do you think?
Love your sister in Christ,
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