I have to say I’ve often believed that I knew more about Scripture than some of the male pastors and teachers I sat under. Sometimes, I actually did! I remember times I wished I could bump a guy out of the pulpit so that I could correct errors in his preaching. But of course, God’s Word clearly states that women have no business teaching mixed groups or holding positions of authority over men within the church.
11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. ~~1 Timothy 2:11-15 (ESV)
The question of women writing Christian blogs naturally arises as we wrestle with this passage, as I’ve already mentioned in my post, “I Can, But That Doesn’t Mean I Should.” This past week, my fellow blogger and online friend Elizabeth Prata wrote “What about a woman who blogs? Is she violating scripture by teaching men?” I passed her essay on to my husband, who agrees with pretty much everything she wrote.
Elizabeth’s article both offered me freedom and helped me establish boundaries in terms of The Outspoken TULIP. Certainly, I know men who could learn a thing or two from many of my posts, but they could also learn those things (and more than likely learn them better) by reading blogs authored by men. Sure, it flatters my ego when men let me know that they’ve read my posts. But I do this blog in order to honor the Lord, not to puff myself up.
Tony Miano’s post, “Christian Women Bloggers: Maintaining God-Intended Femininity,” is perhaps the most helpful contribution to the conversation on Christian women bloggers that I’ve read to date. His point about behaving in ways that become femininity struck a chord with me. I want to be lady-like as I encourage women toward discernment.
So yes, I direct this blog toward women. If men read it, I pray they’ll do so with the goal of screening my theology before passing it along to their wives. God’s Word limits women to teaching women and children, and I want to remain as faithful and obedient to Him while using my natural gift of writing and my spiritual gifts of teaching and exhortation. I desire this blog to exalt Christ by both proclaiming and obeying His Word.