Which one of these two would you rather hear preaching?
The one on the right is Billy Graham. I have no idea of the name, religious affiliation or lack of it, or character of the woman on the left. Now you know why I cannot quite agree with this quote:
For those of us who still expect Jesus to be the same Lord that terrified the Apostle John (Rev 1:17), we have trouble seeing a woman in that role…
Aside from the explicit historical and biblical support for an all male clergy, we have the added factor that it confuses our understanding of God. Female clergy encourages a wrong understanding of God, and a wrong understanding of God encourages female clergy. Regardless of which begins the process, they feed each other. At this point in history, to help drive us back to the right understanding of ordination we need to have a right understanding of our Lord. When we see Christ in His proper and biblical personhood then we will more easily understand how He is supposed to be represented by His representatives.
I definitely want Jesus to be caring and sensitive; I want Him to be merciful to me when I beg for His forgiveness. Yet, I also want Him to be all-powerful and sovereign. I want Him to be a “real Man” (more so than I can ever be), for that is the only hope that we have when the world, the flesh, and the Devil rise up against us…
Fr. Chori Jonathin Seraiah , in a post entitled “Jesus was not a sissy”
This is a fine example of how it is not complementarianism itself that angers me, but the many prideful, illogical ideas used to defend it.
He want Jesus to be represented by a man, because we should get an impression of strenght. If that was true, then a muscled woman should rather represent Jesus than the frail old Billy Graham. And we should make church bylaws against paraplegic pastors and ill pastors (the previous pastor of my congregation had cancer) . They cannot represent Jesus!
But Fr. Seraiah shows in several ways that he wrongly understand Christian personhood and Christ’s work.
1) We are all called to represent Christ, even if those of us not single/ Jewish/ male/ younger than 35, like Jesus was on earth. Pastors are no more – or less – representing Christ to the world than other believers.
2) The kingdom of God is not physical but spiritual, and that could not be shown by the physical built of pastors.
3) No man (or women) could or should represent sovereignty. Or all-powerfulness, for that matter. Christ’s representatives should represent service, not power-grabbing.
4) Christian women who live boldly for Christ, who love Him and do right without fear, are not “sissies” either.
Whether you believe in female clergy or not, all evidence suggest that women could represent Jesus.