So about a month ago I went on a trip called CIY:MOVE which is a Christ in Youth trip for high school students. This was only my second year going. Just like always there was a lot of fun, a lot of learning, and a lot of deep examination of one’s self.
There was a period of time called D-group. The girls were in one group and guys in another. Now although we didn’t stay on topic we did have deep conversations. One of the ones that have stuck in my head is the one about a woman’s place.
Ever heard the saying, KING of the Castle, I’m the man, or anything along these lines?
That’s because guys… well they’re on top. Duh. Men can preach up-stairs at my church women can’t. Men are suppose to be the leaders. Women are under men.
Genesis 3:16 TNIV
“To the woman he said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor
you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he
will rule over you.””
There you have it. Men will forever rule over us. Now this doesn’t mean men are suppose to abuse us. In NO way shape or form does this mean that. A man should respect you, but he does have the authority. If you’re married and he says that the two of you are going to move to another state because he feels he’s suppose to go there. You’re place as a woman is to follow him.
At CIY my place was a common topic to with the women who were with me. I asked the sponsors if I were allowed to preach at Reset for an example, and for the simple fact that adults came there, the answer was no, but talk to Adam. Well dang. One of them said I wasn’t allowed to preach except for children’s ministry. A lot of things were discussed, but what I remember the most is the night after our discussion a woman name Jodi, came out and preached. My first thought was ‘ what now’.
I remember her sermon about Rahab, and how God can do anything through you your past doesn’t matter God can still use you.
So the question is, are we allowed to preach? Our doctrine says, upstairs… No. That’s it. No exception.
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is
not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience,
as also saith the law” (1 Corinthians 14:34) TNIV
May I say one more time? Well dang. But then I remember the story of Pheobe
“Be sure to welcome our friend Phoebe in the way of the Master, with all the generous hospitality we Christians are famous for. I heartily endorse both her and her work. She’s a key representative of the church at Cenchrea. Help her out in whatever she asks. She deserves anything you can do for her. She’s helped many a person, including me.” (Romans 16:1-2) The Message
Well. Now what? So now that I think about it where is my place? Do I have one? What can I do? To be honest as for my heart and Ministry I don’t yet have an answer.
As for my place as a women I do. I am to follow God first, husband second (When married Lol), parents third.
The Lord gave the church gifts of
His choosing in the form of men and women who would lead the church into
perfection (Ephesians 4:8-12) TNIV
In the end we are all human and God is the King, so I welcome you point of view on this topic.