This summer I’m re-posting some of the most read and shared posts from 2013. This one, on tension and women and ministry, generated much conversation. A friend even shared with my his mother’s concern for my eternal soul. I don’t say that in jest or mockery. Women in spiritual leadership is an important leadership to nearly everyone I know. We should treat the matter thoughtfully, with sensitivity, and with a view towards God’s eternally purposes.
I think tension is good.
It’s not fun. Or easy. Or even comfortable, but it’s good.
Think of your thumb – to use the most commonly used metaphor. The reason your hand works so effectively is because of your opposable thumbs. Your thumb allows you to grip, grab, and strangle – should you be so inclined…and homicidal. Your life would be much more of a struggle, and much less productive, without the tension your thumb creates.
The same is true when it comes to church, change, holding onto necessary and important traditions, and moving forward in other important ways. We (the church) would ultimately be less productive and useful without tension.
Why do I bring this up?
Because from time to time, the church – on the local, denominational, or universal level – has to hash things out. We have unresolved issues – women, sexuality, Neo-Calvinism, the role of leadership, politics, evangelism, etc… that we need to come to terms and deal with. And while there are many folks who would prefer the church to paper over discordant topics, if we don’t deal with them publicly and passionately, the church will never become what God intends. This is why we need tension.