by Kelly Pelton (written 09 Jan 2022)
When standing before the judgment seat, you cannot blame the sneering preachers from pulpits or in their scornful broadcasts for how you restricted female teachers. Our Mender of hearts will set you apart to reveal why you went along with the plan to silence the women and keep control of church as hierarchy, woman under man. Your proof-texting misuse of certain scriptures, ignoring the sweeping redemption story, will be shown to have hurt the disempowered, your sisters who equally showcase God's glory. And I, a sister who calls out your error will be judged on whether I've mocked the mockers, reviled the revilers, judged the judgers. O Father, let not my words be blockers of Your Spirit's kindness that disarms fear. The gentle answer trumps the harsh word and breaks through barriers in hardened hearts for the still small voice to be finally heard.