by Kelly Pelton (written 04 Dec 2021)
I cannot pretend it's acceptable for some to interpret the word of God to relegate women to second-class status as over their souls the powerful trod. I cannot pretend it's integrity causing you to be subordinating half of your membership to the stronger; their value is less, you're insinuating. I cannot pretend that there's not a mountain of scholarly research to validate that women in ministry serving Jesus were never treated as second-rate. I cannot pretend the subtle abuse of power-over tactics is not real. The damage is ongoing and oppressive; their confidence in God's fairness you steal. I cannot pretend, though certain women defend gender hierarchy as God's will. To deny that abuse is actually abuse allows it to fester unabated still.