The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Today, August 26, is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day. Of course, you knew I’d have something to say!
Equal means being the same.
In mathematics, an inequality is a statement about whether a number or equation is the same or not. It is symbolized by these signs: less than <, and greater than >. To be = means to be the same.
It took women 72 years to convince the country they needed a vote to be equal; to have the same voice as men. (1848 Seneca Falls Convention) Today, the 19th Amendment guarantees that women have a say in the direction of our country. A vote is a person’s voice in politics. A woman’s vote is the same as a man’s vote.
Jesus taught in the rabbinical way by questioning his students and requiring a response in front of others. He asked Peter in front of the gathered disciples, “Who do you say I am?” Peter responds, “You are Messiah.” And at Lazarus’ funeral He asked Martha, “Do you believe?” Martha responds in front of the gathered crowd of mourners in a variety of statements, “I believe you are Messiah.” Jesus valued a woman’s voice the same as a man’s.
Equal, but different is inequality.
In many Christian homes and churches, men and women do not have the same say in the direction of the family and church. Their “vote” is not the same. Men and women do not have the same voice. Men can be heard by all men, women and children on any subject. A woman’s voice has limits.
The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood says that men and women are equal, but different in roles. Men are made for spiritual leadership. Women are made to follow spiritual direction. One is heard. One is silenced.
They welcome words like “loving leadership” and don’t understand that it takes away their [a woman’s] personhood by having to have a leader. (Shirley Taylor, Baptist Women for Equality)
According to the principles of mathematics, equal but different is a lie. Different means one is greater and one is lesser. It is not hard to figure out which one is which.
The Good News of Salvation through faith is the great equalizer.
In Christ, there is no nationality.
In Christ, there is no social status.
In Christ, there is no gender.
If the church is in Christ, why do we reconize the differences?