I received the following message on Facebook today. I am glad he wrote since he is communicating sincere concern for my spiritual well being. And I am thankful that though he is concerned, he is not yet judging me. I admit I say “yet” because I feel the judgement will be forthcoming when I answer.
Please pray with me that I will answer him in a loving way and that I will be able to communicate my understanding of women in ministry in a way that he might acknowledge the possibility that his understanding is lacking. And may each word reflect the fact that mine is as well.
I have to ask you a question, because I know you have been a great sister to me over the years and hopefully I have been a good brother to you. I have been meaning to write you for awhile but kept putting it off. I am very concerned about the path you are on with seeking to preach to God’s people. How have you justified preaching to men biblically?
I believe God has put a strong passion in your heart for truth and have always appreciated it, but to ignore the bible, and then to preach from the bible is hypocritical. I know your heart, which is why I can write this and know that you will not be too defensive. Please help me understand what you are thinking?
Just so you know, I’m not freaking out about all this but it is discouraging and disheartening. I think maybe that communicating that discouragement to others will keep me from getting militant and defensive. I think it will keep me humble. The call that God has on my life is God’s. I can say it is “my call” only because God has “given” it to me. But in a very real way it is God’s call which means I don’t need to fight for it. I need only live it out.