Sunday, March 26, 2006

why men should not be ordained

As a woman in Sydney, I have had to contend all my life with the theology that suggests that we are God-ordained to be second-class citizens in the Body of Christ. For many years i believed it, though it hurt, but gradually, with much reading and thinking, I have changed my mind. The inferior status of women is not what the Bible is saying, it is how the church has chosen to interpret certain passages, in contradiction to other passages of scripture, and plain common sense in practical application (eg at what age can boys in sunday school no longer be taught by women? should teenage boys listen to their mothers?) so I love this gentle satire on the silliness of some of the anti women arguments. I have no idea where this originates, it seems to have become a stateless inhabitant of cyberspace!

“10. A man’s place is in the army.
9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.
8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do other forms of work
.7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.
6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.
5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.
4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.
3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.
1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.”

1 comment:

Suzanne R said...

This is so funny and yet so true! Thanks for the chuckle, although it is not a laugh without a bit of ruefulness to it.