I am going to open a can of worms on this one but here we go. I am going to throw a couple of questions out there for you to mull over.
1) If God allowed someone to worship Him in various ways, what would God think of someone who tried to stop them from doing so?
2) If the early church met in homes and “broke bread” together, don’t you think the women probably helped serve the meal?
3) On a similar note, what is the difference between a woman in a pew passing the bread or the cup and a woman in the aisle passing it across the pews?
4) If deacon means servant and Paul and others recognized some females as deacons/servants, how do we draw the line and abstain from doing that also (Rom 16:1-2 – By the way, TNIV now translates diakonon as “deacon” in this passage)?
5) How do we decide the age at which it is “no longer appropriate” for a woman to teach a male?
6) Where have all the men gone?
Am I pushing for women to be in the pulpit preaching on Sunday? No. I am just wondering what your opinions are on how we draw the lines where we do. I am not one to shake things up just to shake things up or cause controversy and division. I do wonder if women shouldn’t be allowed more freedom in the church than is often allowed by various groups of elders. This is, of course, something to be worked out on a church-by-church basis as we study the text for ourselves AND be honest with what we find. What do you think?
P.S. This leads me to the next paradigm issue I want to address – Honesty with the biblical text.