Well, I finally responded. A while back I blogged about a message I got from a friend of mine who I know from college. He and his wife were on staff with the parachurch organization that I was heavily involved in all four years of college. I co-“led” a homegroup with him and was friends with both him and his wife. I finally responded to him today. A friend of mine posted a reponse to the message I received as I sent it to a few folks in my support network for prayer and thoughts on my response. I got some great feedback from others as well. I have been thinking about it some but just wasn’t ready to respond. Anyway, I literally just sent it so who knows what kind of response I will receive, but here is what I wrote:
Hello (Friend’s name here) : )
It is good to hear from you. I hope you and (wife) and the kids are doing well. Please say “hi” for me!
Let me start my response by saying that I sincerely appreciate your concern as well as your willingness to dialogue with me about this. To cut to the chase, it all boils down to hermeneutics/interpretation. The context of the passage as well as the way the translators chose to interpret the words from hebrew or greek make a big difference in how any given passage is understood and applied today. I don’t think the truths change, I just think there is some legwork required to sort out the foundational truth(s) from the cultural application of Biblical times. So I am by no means ignoring the Bible as a whole or parts of it. The Bible is the inspired word of God. That said, I don’t cover my head in church and I don’t give money the the church in Jerusalem even though the Bible specifically says we are to do these things as well. Am I ignoring these things? Nope. I know they are there. I just think they were for a certain time and place.
Since you know me pretty well, it is safe to say that you know I am a leader. I always have been. In every area of my life I have been a leader. It seems odd to me that my gifts would be welcome everywhere but the one place it matters the most.
Once I started to feeling called to ministry (and by that I mean ministry in general), things got pretty intense. I have done a lot of reading on both sides of the issue. If you are interested in discussing more take a look at Discovering Biblical Equality by Pierce and Groothius. I read this alongside Piper’s Recovering Biblical Masculinity and Femininity and really learned a lot.
Well, I guess that’s all for now. It’s been a long day and I am tired. I hope you will be able to see that I am trying to honor God with my life regardless of the fact that we may always disagree on this issue.
Grace and peace,