It’s an amazing time to be a woman.
Here’s the thing…
Men like John MacArthur* have always existed. There will always be people in power who are praised by the masses who mistreat, misuse, and mock those who threaten the way they look at the world.
What hasn’t always existed, is this unwavering support women are showing one another. We are in a new day, where if one sister is attacked, women are rallying fast and furious to her defense. The fact that Jen Hatmaker, Sarah Bessey, Priscilla Shirer, Ann Voskamp, and so many others have all come out showering praise and support of Beth Moore is something to behold.
Look - these women have vastly different beliefs on everything from what Scripture says about homosexuality to politics to even Old Testament narratives. Yet, they are not letting those differences be an excuse for allowing another woman to be so publicly maligned as Ms. Moore was.
When one of us rises, we all rise.
The idea that we must compete, put down, and fight to the top does nothing to actually get us more seats at the table.
We are not called to be an organization's token woman, and even more so for our sisters of color.
We are called to make more room at our tables. We are called to pull up chairs for the woman in the corner too nervous to take the seat for herself. We are called to kindly educate our brothers about our experiences as women, who want to serve Jesus but are told doing so is sinning. We are called to prove these “traditional” ideals and narratives wrong, simply by being the example of the new narrative.
But hear me - we are not called to play their game. We do not have to shout louder, or get uglier, or scramble for position the same way we have watched power hungry men do it for generations.
It is better to move the ball forward, than to be right. As hard as that is, it is better to make progress than to go nowhere comforted by nothing more than our own self-righteousness.
Because make no mistake, we are moving forward.
There are kind and Godly men of God changing their mind every day about women leading and teaching because they know the harvest is plentiful, the workers are few, and their original understanding of Scripture was wrong. There are men refusing to laugh with the mob at callous and sexist jokes. There are even men competing at the highest level who will fire an Asst. Manager for inappropriate outbursts at female reporters.
For my part, here’s what I promise to keep us moving forward:
I promise to believe you. When I look into your tear filled eyes and you tell me about the time you were hurt the most, I’ll believe you.
I promise to champion you. When we’re looking for guest speakers on Sunday, I will throw your name into the ring.
I promise to celebrate you. When I witness you going above and beyond and it comes out awesome, I’ll make sure our executive team hears about it.
I promise to encourage you. When staying humble gets a little too hard, because you have heard of yet one more opportunity that you are equally qualified (and in a lot of cases, more qualified for) going to a man, I will tell you all the ways you are bringing the kingdom here on earth right now.
I promise to find new solutions. When we just can’t get certain doors unlocked because of our gender, I will find us windows they’ll be happy to open for us.
I promise to never be jealous of your wins. When you get promoted and I don’t, I will sing praises - never counting the ways you didn’t deserve it.
I promise to never judge you as a mother. Whether you stay at home, work 80 hours a week, or fall somewhere in-between, I will know you are loving and raising your kids just as good as anyone else.
Finally, I promise to pray for you.
I will for pray for women daily. I pray for us as a whole body and the precious individuals I know and love.
I pray to see more women speakers, presidents, senators, and yes Mr. MacArthur, even women plumbers.
I pray for the women struggling to get pregnant.
I pray for the women who are pregnant and they don’t want to be.
I pray for the moms who are tired and beat down and cry quietly to themselves more than their family will ever know.
I pray for the women of my previous profession, who have become News Directors, Anchors, and executives - that they are blessed in all they do.
I pray for women with that meeting with their boss, or having to have that hard conversation with a subordinate.
I pray for the wives with hard marriages.
Mostly, I pray you know how much you are loved by God. I pray you know how much he sees you. I pray you know how many gifts he’s giving you and dying to watch you use. I pray you know he likes the sound of your voice - that it is never too shrill for his ears. I pray you know he’s prepared a seat especially for you, at the greatest table there will ever be.
Because right now, God has had enough with His church’s abuse and mistreatment of women. He has poured his spirit of equal inheritance right into our hearts and he’s telling us to rise.
It’s an amazing time to be a woman.
Watch us rise.
*Well known pastor John MacArthur publicly told Women’s Bible Study Teacher, Beth Moore, to “go home”. Here’s the link for those who missed it.
**Beth Moore’s Twitter response was epic.