Most people have an opinion about the value and position or “role” of women in the church. If you don’t think you have an opinion about it, you probably just took on the position you were raised with, or what you have seen predominantly modeled in your church. Some people can’t even see why it is an issue. Others go so far as to say that it is a secondary issue in the church. A secondary issue?! If there are no secondary members in the church, then how can there be any secondary issues about the equality of women? This is not a secondary issue because there are no secondary people groups in the Kingdom!
Does it really matter? I am here to tell you, YES! It absolutely matters! Each person is created in the image of God. There are attributes that we exhibit that are predominately masculine or feminine. When Adam was created, he was created in the full image of God. He contained all of the attributes of God, masculine and feminine. When God fashioned Eve out of Adams ribs, He extracted the feminine qualities from Adam and placed them in a woman. Whoa! This is amazing to me! That’s a big deal! That’s so much better than the idea that women were an afterthought because Adam was lonely and needed a housekeeper, a buddy, ehem, I mean helpmate. Women were part of the original design!
The equality of women matters more than we may see on the surface. The church has been stunted in growth and maturity because women are not being encouraged and promoted into their callings! Man and woman together are the full representation of the Father. That’s why he gave us marriage. After he extracted the feminine qualities out of Adam and placed them in Eve, God gave the institution of marriage, in which case, the two would become one (again). This also applies to the church. The church is to be the representation of Christ on earth. We bear His image! What does the church look like if only half of its members (who are relatively similar) are being represented or activated? It looks like the American church! We are only functioning at half capacity! The church is only being represented in its masculine form! (Have you ever wondered why the church is so justice oriented? Have you ever wondered where the compassion has gone? Have you ever wondered where the nurturing/discipleship side of the church is? I believe these questions are easy to answer when you look at who is allowed to be active in the American church.)
The world needs to see the feminine attributes of the Father exhibited in His church! The world is longing and begging for that! When women are allowed and encouraged to step into the callings, this will be not only a gift to the world, but will also develop the church into a more radiant bride! The winds of change are blowing! I can see it happening! The Holy Spirit is releasing freedom and peace to men and women everywhere! Unity and love is here!