Sometimes people listen to me. And I think,
I have a responsibility to talk about what it is like to be a woman in the Church.
Sometimes people listen,
so hear me,
this is what I don’t understand
— Why are women still oppressed?
And why do (some) men not understand?
Why do (some) men treat women the way they do?
It’s not like I want to live my life angry.
It’s not like I want to live my life on the defensive.
It’s not like I want to be oppressed.
(Some) men will always question
the word “oppressed.”
They will ask: How are you exploited? How are you possibly offended
when you can be our helper?
Here’s my problem. I know what ezer means.
Jesus was a liberator.
Women traveled with him,
supported his ministry,
anointed him for burial,
stayed with him at the crucifixion, and
saw his resurrection because they were waiting, believing.
Jesus loved women and wasn’t afraid of us.
He healed us.
He talked to us.
He listened to us.
In the early Church women were teachers, donors, apostles, ministers, laborers.
Why is the Church today so unlike what I think Jesus meant it to be?
I read the Bible and I see
Jesus gave women freedom. Why do (some) men read it
and see separation? Partitions.
Why do (some) men only see all of our differences?
I am simply a person in love with Jesus.
I look at the Church today—so many men reading and teaching theBible from a masculine perspective.
I see the Church today, its teachers and preachers—its magazines—its writers—its leaders —its conference speakers.
Man oh man, it is so full of men.
It is so full of entrenched hierarchy and deep biases
that the Church perhaps thinks is subtle, if they even think about it at all.
But I see and hear the lack—of a Female Voice.
And even when She speaks, is she heard?
“There is no longer male or female.”
And I say, except— in the Church.
Sometimes people listen.
Are you listening?
P.S. Donald Miller: Women are so much more than simple sexual beings waiting for you to write our story. And you may have erased the “Love Story for Girls” but women have longer memories. You should take more care with your words.