I’m still thinking about the last two posts. And since there were a whopping 2 comments I feel compelled to continue on with these thoughts. :)
Reading in Titus there is no mistaking our place as women. There is also no mistaking the place of a man. Right there is Titus chapter one the qualifications for those leading in the church make it clear that it is to be the men. The guys have a very tall order here, and I’m glad I’m not one to be honest. The men are the ones who hold responsibility for where the church is at whether they take charge of it or not. Read Titus and tell me I’m wrong. I dare ya.
From scripture we see that the husband is the leader within the home & church both physically & spiritually whether they actually do it or not. Just because they don’t act on the fact that they are leading doesn’t change the order God set. Men are supposed to lead, and women are supposed to get out of the way or it will never happen. How are we to know what our man would do if we never leave it up to him and God?
As for ministries within our church suffering if all of a sudden the women left there positions, I don’t see much of a problem. What ministry is there when its not being done as God wanted? Yes, maybe a bunch of programs would come to an end, but that doesn’t mean that ministry would stop. Think about it. Just because there is a program at church that is run very well & efficiently, with lots of people/ children attending, and even if there is scripture thrown in a bunch of places, that does not mean that it is a ministry. That’s just a well run program. Just being honest. Look at your church, what lasting spiritual growth & impact do all the programs have within the community. Are there people getting saved? Are there people REALLY getting saved? (see my ‘Smokin’ sidebar with the shocking youth message!!!) I see a full church, lots of talking & laughing on Sunday, lots of programs, but I believe we’ve all set up shop just like our pastor said last week. We get involved and busy with life, think we’re being spiritual but we’re totally on the wrong track.
Revival could start with the simple (but very hard to do) act of women getting to, and staying in, their rightful place. Wouldn’t it be an awesome thing to see the church flourish God’s way and see things actually start to happen for the glory of God?!! I believe it could be that way if the men had the support they needed to start being men. Let the men start leading the music. Let the men run the Awana programs. Let them teach Sunday school classes with their wives as helpers. Or better yet let Sunday school go and we can all stay together as a family without crying little kids being dragged to their classes to learn that church is a place we separate, not worship & learn together as a family. Let the women be home, loving their families and homes 24 hours a day with no outside commitments or distractions. You may think I’m being a little too radical, but show me from Scripture anywhere you can argue with me. I double dare ya.
So, you may think that all those ‘ministries’ would suffer if the women quit. You may think that your children’s spiritual growth would suffer in your own home if you left the leading to your husband that isn’t interested or concerned with such things,or seems too busy. You know what, I bet they would suffer. I’m okay with that and I think God is okay with that. We would be getting back to what the home & church was meant to be and allowing Him to start working in lives for lasting, awesome change. Not a building with some programs that are well run, but a place where we serve God with all our hearts at home and in the pew. Our homes & churches being a place where we obey the Word of God no matter what it says and how different from our culture it becomes. If the time came where the men were led by the Spirit to start a program, we wives would be available to help them in whatever way they needed. And even if we give it all up and nothing happens, our man never does anything to live as God wanted them to, we have still done our part by obeying God in what he asked us to do.
Women can really change the world, I just think we’re trying to do it in the wrong way.