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To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

May 20, 2017

Greetings,

I have always loved the ideology behind all things Star Trek.  Since the shows inception in the 1960′s it has always preached and presented a universe based on inclusion and the equality of all life forms.  Along the way Trek has even corrected itself to be even more inclusive.  When the original series began the mantra was, “To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before.”  Not exactly inclusive of females, but when The Next Generation premiered in the late 1980′s they humbly corrected that phrase to be the more inclusive and accurate, “To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before.”

The equality of all races, genders, social classes, and ages is a noble and lofty goal.  A goal that some seem to be still threatened by.  Even the Church has had difficulty living up to such high ideals.  Paul, an apostle, addressed this important topic in his letter to the Galatians where he wrote, “In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female.  Among us you are all equal.  That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.”  (The Message)

In this post I am just going to focus on the need, no the Biblical command, to fully include women in all aspects of BEing the Church.  Because there are still many churches out there that do not allow for the full participation of women in ministry or any sort of leadership.  All this does is cripple the Body of Christ by not allowing 50% of its members to fully participate in the mission of the church.  That is like going into battle with both arms tied behind your back or both legs non-functional.  It just does not make good sense.

Jesus NEVER marginalized women during HIS time here on planet earth.  Some point to the fact that none of the original apostles were women, but that could be for any number of reasons and not male exclusivity.  The fact is that in the book of Romans, Junias, a female, was called, “Outstanding among the apostles.”

In my relational Church experience over the last 41 years we have always valued women as full equals in life and ministry. Because of this we have been totally blessed with the fullness that only manifests itself when the WHOLE Body is allowed to function as it was designed to when we come together.  For those of you who still struggle with the concept of every member, every gender, every age ministry….”I appeal to you brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)  And to me, “NO DIVISIONS”, means “NO DIVISIONS” period.  As for me, I strongly believe that the anointing of Christ can flow through each and every member of the Body of Christ moment by moment as HE sees fit. Christ in US is the Hope of Glory.

Love and……

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Once again, Christopher, you have hit a very large nail squarely on its head. The “ordination” of women is a divisive concept within a great many denominations. My former (SDA) denomination is about ready to split over this very issue.

    To your observation that women were just as important, however, I will take exception. My disagreement is in that I think they were more important to Jesus while He was on earth. Here are some examples why I think this.

    The very first person to whom Jesus revealed His messiahship was a woman. And she was a Gentile to boot. He said, “I who speak unto you am He. “responding to her statement that the messiah would someday come and reveal all things.

    His 12 disciples were usually concerned more about status within the group, who would sit next to Jesus in His kingdom, than about Jesus Himself. But Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, the woman from whom seven devils were cast, the Syrophoenecian Gentile woman, His own mother-to all of these He seemed to have a special regard. They got it-the guys didn’t. Then there is Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha. She had that “good part” which others did not. She got it. She knew.

    Who were the first to whom Jesus revealed Himself? Mary Magdalene and the other women. They were the first to tell the unbelieving, mourning disciples the good news of the resurrection. To whom did Jesus appear next-Cleophas and his wife Mary on the road to Emmaus.

    These stories are in a minor key, beneath the main narrative, perhaps indicative of their role in their culture, but their contacts with Him were far more “real.” They believed, they supported Him, they loved Him in ways the disciples didn’t come to know until after the Holy Spirit came on Pentecost.

    The church is represented in the figure of the Bride of the Lamb. We guys have no idea what it is to be a bride. We need to step aside and let the women take their rightful role in showing and telling us what it is like to be a bride. We will be the better for opening that conversation-we will understand how our Lord wants to relate to His church if we allow and encourage the participation of women amongst us. They know something by experience which we can only come to know second hand.

    So, brother, I’m not disagreeing in any contentious way, just reinforcing your point.

    Blessings,

    Win

    • Excellent response Win and I agree 100%. Women in the Gospels are a great example to us all.

  2. Sue heumann permalink

    It’s all right there…right in front of our eyes!…yet were blinded for sooo many years! The first book opening our eyes was Jon Zens’ book, ‘What’s with Paul and Women’. Excellent. Excellent blog today

  3. tom ball permalink

    Nailed it, Chris!

  4. Judy Baker permalink

    Well I went to find my bible and then a phone call and I wrote my comment and came back and it was gone . I will post it now as it won’t keep on here .
    All people are equal in God’s eyes. He made Adam first and then Eve as a compliment to him. She is beside him -not behind him. She completes him.
    Women have always had a place to serve Jesus in the Bible. In Psalms I believe is a scripture that says A large crowd (army) of women are telling the good news in all the world. Also there are millions of my brothers and sisters obeying Jesus in going door to door searching for interested ones to have a free bible study. There are millions of free bible studies going on. Mt 28:19,20

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