by Kelly Pelton (written 11 Oct 2020)
In the wake of feminism, Christian men coined a new term called "complementarianism," a reactionary stance walled off from thoughtful analysis of New Testament scriptural glimpses of co-ed emphasis in a kingdom supernatural. I've listened for forty-plus years to men in their speculation on why "God says" only male peers can shepherd the Christian nation, as if scripture were cut and dry (as at first glance one seems to be): the church should its women deny the leadership of God's family. "Why would He do such a thing?" they ask with faces of wonderment, "His way is higher than our way," as though God defies sound judgment. "It could be a deficiency," they offer, "Women tend to cave because they think emotionally on issues spiritually grave. God equipped them for different roles, not teaching or leading the church; most likely their vulnerable souls would be misled. Let us then search for godly men whose grasp of truth is not obscured by their feelings; compared with men, women are youth requiring our patient dealings." Believe me, sisters, that these thoughts are circulating even now, based upon traditional "oughts," which to gender hierarchy bow. The idols behind such charades are power and control, such old venerated concepts with shades of Satan's finest worldly gold.