When I read the Gospels I can’t help but notice a significant disconnect between the life of Jesus and widespread Church practice:
Jesus told a woman to spread the Good News of His resurrection, but we won’t let a woman preach it from the pulpit.
Jesus engaged in cross-gender discipleship, but we teach that this is somehow dangerous or overly tempting.
Jesus depended on the financial provision of women for the welfare of his ministry, but we teach that men are to be the sole providers in Christian communities.
A young woman carried the body and blood of Jesus within her for 9 months, but we won’t let a woman serve communion.
Jesus denied that there was hierarchy in His Kingdom, but we teach that there is hierarchy between men and women.
I know that Paul wrote some things that have caused us to be overly concerned with a woman’s place, but if we are teaching something that is inconsistent with Jesus’ life, perhaps we have gotten it wrong.
I mean, if Jesus asked a woman to preach the Good News of His resurrection today would we listen, or would we condemn them both?
Image Credit: “Women in the Church” by David Hayward.