*I’ve been reading a book called Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James in the hopes that it will find the target of both empowering women and calling them to the role God has for them. I believe that women were created as helpers… but I also believe that current church culture teaches women to hold back so that men will fulfill their God-given role. I think that’s bad for both men and women. Here’s a quote from the book that shows some of my own grief.
“I grieve over the opportunities and blessings I have wasted because I didn’t know about God’s vision for His daughters – I didn’t realize God expected so much of me. I grieve the loss to the church when so many Christian women believe it’s possible to subsist on an anorexic spiritual diet. I grieve that far too many women and girls are living with small visions of themselves and of their purpose. I grieve the loss to our brothers who are shouldering burdens we were created to share and are doing kingdom work without us when God means for us to build His kingdom together.
When half the church holds back – whether by choice or because we have no choice – everyone loses and our mission suffers setbacks. Tragically, we are squandering the opportunity to display to an embattled world a gospel that causes both men and women to flourish and unites us in a blessed alliance that only the presence of Jesus can explain,” (James 19).