It doesn’t matter if you already have a copy of the book or bought one for your father-in-law for Christmas last year or thought about reading it once or saw it on your pastor’s bookshelf and promptly forgot it. You still need to check out this edition of Women Pastors: The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective. This edition includes three essays by LCMS women: two deaconesses and, um, me.
(Hey, I was in the deaconess program for, um, a quarter. That totally counts.)
There are differing thoughts on having women write for this book. Some think it’s good because it defuses the “Where are the women?” tirade. (And I think we can all agree we’ve heard our fair share of that in the last few months.) Others think that women don’t need to add to the conversation, that the discussion thus far is enough.
I credit my brother-in-law with my ah-ha moment. Sometimes he just gets on a roll in Bible class, and everything he’s saying is so good and so right-on that I can hardly keep up. But I did hear him say something about how men are always giving and women are always receiving, and I raised my pointer finger in the air and cried, “Ah-ha!”
No, I didn’t actually.
I was too busy eating a donut and drinking church coffee.
But he was still on to something.
So here’s a sneak peek into the idea in 50 words or less: God became incarnate as a male. As a man, He was continually in a posture of giving: His Word, His forgiveness, Himself. So was Adam. So are all men, all husbands, all pastors. Women, conversely, receive what the men have to give: their name, protection, love. So when it comes to the pastoral office . . . . oh.
Ran out of words.
Guess you’ll just have to buy the book. But even if you don’t (you slacker you), know this: I don’t think the women’s ordination issue has anything to do with women. I think it’s all about the guys and their lack of truly being men.
Feel free to tell me I’m wrong.
Be brutal. I can take it.
I mean, I’ll disagree, but I can handle it.
And if anybody needs me, I’ll just be over here in the corner.