Fortunately, most of my life I've been allowed the privilege of expressing myself and functioning within my giftings without having to battle gender stereotypes. My thanks to parents who raised me with the mentality that I can be whatever I want to be and to a husband who embraces both my strengths and my weaknesses.
Today, I was convicted to participate in this grid blog because of the issues of injustice and oppression. These are hot-button issues for me, whether they are expressed as sexism, racism, or other forms of domination and abuse.
I began addressing this topic of exclusion and dominance in my post entitled Pecking Order. In that post, I said:
"The kingdom of God is a social order that is based on love and mutual submission. Jesus calls us to see things differently than the rest of the world. He calls us to buck the trend of our push and shove world."
Within the church, we cannot turn away from addressing issues of power, exclusion, dominance, and abuse. Leaders should be held accountable for their use of power and influence.
So rather than being a silent witness to this kind of injustice in the church, I will add my voice to others today who want to bring light to the issue.
Will it matter? Will it make a difference?
The truth is that we(women) have no voice with those who most need to hear this message.
Quoting from Rachelle's blog today:
"When a woman is told she has to limit her potential so a man can realize his--that's injustice.
When God-given gifts of leadership are denied because of someone's gender--that's injustice.
When men are told they must carry all the authority and all the responsibility for family and organizational decisions--that's injustice.
When women are threatened verbally and treated as inferior--that's injustice.
And God wants justice--oceans of it. Fairness--rivers of it."