Dialog, what dialog?
I’ve been pondering the whole debate that went on in the weblogs about women in leadership and men and women interrelating. For a long time I’ve cared significantly about these issues. From what I have observed there will be little progress on this issue if people continue pushing the issue the way they have.
“Shit extracted from the bible”
For example one cannot regard one position as shit extracted from the bible” and in the same article call for men and women dialoguing together in the same spaces and entering into a proper conversation which involves a humble attitude and an honest recognition of where things have previously gone wrong”.
This is a one way ticket to jail, do not stop on go, do not collect $100.
Church leaders, especially evangelical church leaders care a great deal about what the bible says and not a whole lot about people being victimized. They probably should care more, but they don’t. There is no way around this.
The right way to approach this
At the college I work very closely with a guy who is attempting to get the denomination to take a second look at affirming women in ministry. We are having our first study conference on the issue soon. Just today we talked about the interpretation of 1Tim 2. He will accomplish far more by understanding the people and concerns on both sides of the issue.
Clarify before crucify
The next step is to make an honest effort to truly understand what people are saying. Just because people respond to you, that doesn’t mean they understood what you said in the first place. Conversely, when you respond make sure you understand whom you are responding to. It doesn’t take long to say I think you are saying this, is this what you are really saying?” What have we come to when we don’t wish to take a moment to clarify things before we come out with the nasty labels.