I was reflecting on the pelvic denominations, those focused on abortion, gays and birth control, and realized something. For about 40 years, I was a member of Methodist and Presbyterian churches. Because I was in local politics, I also attended churches of many other denominations.
In all those 40 years listening to Methodist and Presbyterian preachers, I’m certain I never heard a sermon about the Biblically proper roles for men and women. That is not to say there never was one, since I was not in my church every Sunday. I just don’t think so.
In the other churches, specifically evangelical and Catholic, I heard about the proper role of men and women a few times. Since I attended only when invited as Mayor, my small sample yielded quite frequent sermons on this.
On the evangelical site, ChristianPost.com and realclearreligion.com, the topic is covered every week or so by evangelical and Catholic writers. This unscientific observation leads to the conclusion a certain branch of the Christianity, the pelvic branch, really wants to keep women off the leadership roster.
This week, Pastor John Piper, said, “This has to do with God’s created dynamic of what a man is and what a woman is in their gut with regard to the ballet of leadership and submission….women shouldn’t be, in general, leaders of men…”
In the Catholic Church, you have the Pope and sub Popes scowling at women and sending the message, “Don’t even think about it.”
The rest of us try to understand why women put up with this.