For some reason today, I decided to read up on some passages that often get taken at face value or literally, without understanding context and balancing out in light of other very clear Scriptures. I was led to read in 1 Corinthians 14, you know that perplexing passage that often silences women and puts them below men in the church. I have basically been emersed in male dominant teaching all my life, not totally overtly like some perhaps, but insinuated enough to make me feel 'less than'. Now, tell me, do you think that sounds like the heart of God? Was not the Gospel given to all mankind? Is there not now a 'priesthood' of all believers, male and female? Does God show partiality? Cause I thought the Bible says He doesn't! Are we not all of one body, and all the members are one? What if the husband is not a believer, how then can he teach his wife at home? And what then of single women, to whom do they go home to to be taught? Can we legitemately say, women can not teach a man, EVER? Do we even understand the culture during the times the Scriptures in the New Testament were written? Or do we just read all Scripture at face value and go with it? Are we not taught to study as one approved and to be discerning?
So, I confess, I am a bit miffed at the church at large for this degradation of women. Because, honestly, that is what it is............whether you like to admit it or not. Here is an interesting video I found posted today on Christian Feminism, that may perhaps be eye opening or perhaps not, but I'd like to share it anyway.