In a most recent article graciously offered by cc, An Opportunity to be like Jesus, we are entertained for the briefest of moment by what has been a past spur in the foot, but as new and sharper thorns birth, has seemingly become only a nuance in the annals of church polity.
Candidly, with the rise of chat about the gay and lesbian movement in our nation, the role of women in the ministry of the church has lost much of its luster as a topic for discussion. So much so, I apologetically admit to having forgotten to acknowledge by book review an interesting and illuminating piece of work somewhat on the topic.
“Blue Parakeet” by Scot McKnight is subtitled “Rethinking How You Read the Bible,” but somewhere in the midst of about half way through his write, it becomes evident that the author will support a personal agenda in his argument of how we read our Bibles.
He is moved to note that we historically have gender-ized Scripture to benefit the male side of the male-female created image bearing relationship, who are not meant to be divided for the purpose of elevating either above the other.
His defense of this thought begins at the beginning; the creation account. In short, man was created alone so God took from the one and made two, but then quickly made the two back into one. Let that one sink in for a moment.
I think that if forgetfulness does not set in again, maybe someone will prod if so, that I would like to chew upon some of Mr. McKnight’s main points on this topic publicly. I may and may not find full agreement in everything he reveals, but at the heart of his work is an important and much needed to be discussed postulation. Is a gender-biased reading of the Bible a man made affair?