I read something the other day that mentioned that all of the world’s major religions are patriarchal in nature. Which shouldn’t have hit me as hard as it did, except it was like a cosmic 2X4 to the head. Of course they are. I just hadn’t thought about it that way before (Come on, Evenshine, what part of “wives submit to your husbands” didn’t you get???).
We’ve been attending a new church, and one of my first questions for the pastor during the membership potluck (grooooaaan, I know) was about the roles of women in the church.
Wait! Wait! I’m SO not a feminist. Really I’m not.
I asked in a broader sense- my hubby, God love him, integrated quickly into the soccer team and the men’s group at church, who meet sans kids to watch movies and…scratch? I don’t know. They kvetch. Trade fish stories. Bond.
The only available women’s group was a group that met during the week in a nearby apartment complex with hispanic stay-at-home moms to do “crafts”.
OK. Hispanic? Nope. But friendly towards.
Stay-at-home mom? Nein. Gotta make a living.
Crafts? Girl you must be crazy.
Theologically speaking, the question for me is: are women NOT in leadership roles in the Bible for cultural reasons, or for moral reasons? In other words, is the reason there are no women pastors in our denomination because it’s inherently wrong, or because it wasn’t done culturally in the early church?
I won’t go into the differences, except to say that my church is on the complement side of the argument. They believe that women can’t be pastors or elders. Deacons? “Debatable”, says Pastor Alex.
I’m not a crafter. Small pieces of things generally annoy me, and I don’t have the requisite psychosis for scrapbooking. Doctrinally I guess I’m supposed to care for the kids and clean house, but- pshaw. I can do that at home. So what’s a reasonably intelligent, theologically-minded gal to do?