Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus ~ Romans 16:3
A friend, a dear sister in Christ who has made herself newly known to me, has left some of the most interesting thoughts in the comments section. Indeed I have found them so inspiring I want to put this one in particular out here for your thought & consideration. Please, please be thoughtful & considerate in your responses! Sylvia has bravely shared her soul so be gentle.
I will quote this section in full. Sylvia wrote:
As for women preaching, in my native country women preach a lot. While it is tempting to say feminism has crept into the church, IMO it is a response to culture. My native country has buses segregated by sexes, a ladies only compartment in a commuter train, ladies only schools and colleges etc. And in many churches even in cities men and women sit separately. I did not find it different or odd until I came to America. In villages it is more complex as well as orthodox families from other religions. Many women will not enter a room where strange men are or even show their faces to men other than those related to them through blood or their husband, not even to a father-in-law. The only way to preach the gospel to them I have seen is through another women.
Oh how my heart lept within me at these words! I do not know Sylvia's country of origin. I know very little except what she has so kindly chosen to share with me here but this, to me, is terribly, terribly important for the extension of the kingdom. Sylvia has stated a very important truth. Sometimes the only way to reach women is through other women! If you reach women you reach their children ~ & even their husbands!
This is probably the best argument I have heard for encouraging our daughters into ministry ~ not to usurp men, but to reach women! Dare I suggest that women are often more open to spiritual matters? Within the home sphere they wield considerable influence. It is no secret I believe the Spirit uses who He will for His purposes, man, woman or child. We can safely leave the men to the men. They speak a language I do not understand but who will preach to the women? Do we damn them to hell because we believe & teach a woman is not to speak or teach? That she should not preach? That is not the heart of Christ!
Even should a woman come to Christ, if she is submitting to Christ as she should she will be submitting to the dictates of her husband & still ~ the only way to reach her, to encourage her, to uphold her, is through other women. Oh my dear, dear sisters in Christ, have we been so rigid in our interpretation of scripture we have forfeited the souls of countless women for whom Christ died?
May He give us hearts of flesh to replace our hearts of stone!