Sunday, September 28, 2014

WOMEN SHOULD BE MAKING DECISIONS IN THE CHURCH: SCS No. 21

Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 21

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Scripture Lesson for Today:

Galatians 3:28 New International Version (NIV)
28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:5-8 New International Version (NIV)
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

1 Corinthians 14:34 New International Version (NIV)
34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.



Sermonette for Today:

Carefully and thoughtfully read the three scriptures above and you would conclude that they all do not apply to the kingdom (church) of the present day.  The first in Galatians makes very clear that there is nothing that separates us.  It clearly states we are “all one in Christ Jesus.”  It does not surprise me that the writer of Galatians said such a thing since that is the way Jesus conducted His ministry.  There were women that were in the inner group that followed Jesus which was a highly unusual occurrence for the times in which He dwelt in human form on this earth.  Even Him speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, shows He had no social walls constructed between Him and the female gender.

For those people who insist we take all the words of the Bible literally and apply them without regard for time, place or purpose then our Scriptures from Ephesians mean we as Christians should still be supporting slavery.  It would make us even more like other fanatical religious groups that violate human rights around the world.  Any reasonable person could easily see that our scriptures in Ephesians and Corinthians are time dated and not written to be used to suppress people thousands of years later.  Most people agree that is true about slavery.  Why does such a big segment of today’s church have such a problem seeing that about the female gender?

Male domination in the developed world is still a problem in evangelical and fundamentalist churches, but in developing nations it is even more of a problem. Patriarchy is hard to kill off.  I believe with all my heart that Jesus does not claim any church as His that keeps patriarchy alive. 

I know I cannot speak for Him, but I don’t think He came to earth and endured what He did to see His church continue to suppress what is over half the population of the earth because of what were social norms during the time the early church was getting started. We need to believe and put in practice that we are all “one in Christ Jesus.”     


 

Prayer for Today:

Our Heavenly Father, May we learn to see each other as equals and start to include all in our decision making process in your kingdom so we can find the purpose you have for us and live it to the fullest in honor of you and your Son. It is in His name we pray this prayer. Amen.



© Ed Cooper, September 28, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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