What is the role of a woman in the Church?
Over the past few centuries, the role of women in society has drastically changed in the United States. A woman can now vote, she can get a job, and she is no longer just an object to men. Our role in society will continually change until Jesus comes again, but our role in the Lord’s church will never change.
Other denominations, that claim to be following God’s command, have gone so far off the path that the role of a woman in the church is no different than the man’s role. They believe that if a woman wants to preach, let her preach! If she wants to lead singing, let her (even when a faithful man is present.)! “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence” (1Timothy 2:12). According to Timothy, a woman is not supposed to have authority over a faithful male in the Church; we aren’t supposed to preach, lead singing, or lead a prayer.
Some women have a desire to preach and lead singing when they can’t. But, there’re so many things that girls can do that a guy cannot do; for example, sympathizing. Some guys are good at it and others try to be, but it’s rare, and with us girls it is a built in nature. Guys always strive to be better at sympathizing. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He made us the best gender for ourselves and for Him. Sometimes we feel that we were born the wrong gender, but there is a reason out there as to why we are who we are. We might have to search for a while and that’s okay. We might not have the faintest clue as to what His plan is for us yet. We might not even figure out that plan but, we have to remember that God has a plan for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV). If we can’t preach or lead singing, what is our purpose, our role, in the Church?
There are many things that we can do. We can visit the sick, we can bring food to those who are shut in, we can pray in private for others, we can speak and lead singing at ladies days, we can teach the younger kids’ classes, and we can lead devotionals in the girls cabin at church camp and the list continues on and on and on. Doing all of these things pleases God. Just because we can’t preach or lead singing doesn’t mean that we can just sit back and let the men take care of things. We have to continue to encourage others and allow our faith to grow by being involved. We were born the right gender, God doesn’t mess up. Make the most of your life by pleasing God and being involved in the Church.
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm an 18-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.