I have been a follower of the teachings of Jesus since I was a child. And like many others, I’ve sat under leaders that taught that the Bible instructs us that women must stay silent. I was allowed to serve but only in certain capacities. If I was allowed to lead, it was usually as a means to complete a task and then I’d be asked to return to my silent state.
This past year when I sat in a Bible class that included teachings that repeated the same three passages of scripture that have been used for centuries to silence half the church, it broke me. Did God make a mistake when he made me? Are his promises for me too? Or just for men?
I woke up at 4 am two days later and in desperation dove into the scriptures. I read commentaries and analysis of particular passages, looked at the context and the original language of the text and I was blown away by how the answers had been there all along.
Women are equal.
Jesus was revolutionary in his treatment of women and the whole of scriptures offer examples of women who were leaders, teachers, apostles, and more. Jesus talked to and taught women, he used women in his parables (which was unheard of), a woman was the first to whom Jesus revealed that he was the Messiah, and women were the first to preach the gospel.
When I watched this video from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, it made me thankful for people who speak this truth well. Happy #internationalwomensday