Discrimination

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

(1 Timothy 3:2, 12) KJV

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

(Titus 1:6) KJV

You can’t post a job opening with the requirement that candidates have to be married men. That’s sexual discrimination, simple as that. It’s illegal.

There’s nothing wrong with the sentiment here. A man who has been faithful to one wife has already demonstrated a character trait that makes them likely to be a dependable leader. It’s an example of someone being steadfast which is a necessary quality. Given that we have laws which prevent this kind of discrimination it’s going to be necessary to find other evidence of a candidate’s dependability.

For a church organization to operate in the world of corporate employers there’s an expectation that the Church’s workforce be reflective of the diversity in the surrounding community.

It’s worth pointing out that, even though it may be legally necessary for Church organizations to ordain women into leadership roles, each woman who takes a position of leadership is going to be on the hook for why they chose to do it, given what the Bible says about it. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario – the kind of thing that women have had to deal with throughout history. What’s new?

Something which is helpful to bear in mind is that the commandments given by Paul were intended to allow the Church to blend in with the male-dominated society of the day. It’s an advantageous adaptation to the circumstances, not reflective of how God regards women. We need women to step up and take on this burden. This is picking up your cross folks.


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