A fan and editor, Caryn Rivanendiera, pushed me to answer some harder questions.
(syndicated from GFL)
Earlier this year, I underlined this passage out of Jonalyn Grace Fincher’s book, Ruby Slippers: How the Soul of a Woman Brings Her Home:
"We say we want Christ to come in and make us new all the way to the center of our souls, but we really don't let him change this weight on women. We just settle for the feeling that this is our lot in life, hoping for better, but expecting the never-ending struggle with our identity and place as women" (page 180).
After rereading it, I added “really?” in the margin. It might have ended there, if Jonalyn wasn't one of our Gifted For Leadership contributors. But since I kept wondering what this meant for women in leadership, I emailed her. Her answers to my questions follow:Caryn: You make an interesting point, and in many ways I agree. But as I kept thinking about this, I wondered what you were really saying here. Do you really think we WANT this struggle, this fight?
Jonalyn: That’s a great question mainly because of the tension between the two hyped-up responses, “let go and let God” and “take up your cross and follow Jesus.” Can I point out that the first one isn’t in Scripture? Sure God says to “be still and know I am God” but this means we recognize his power, not abdicate our wills or desires for the sake of letting him operate without us.
God loves strong-willed women. He wants us strong enough to take up our cross and follow. He also wants us to work out our salvation with him alongside. He wants to be present in the new life in us, but this doesn’t mean we surrender our capacities to be fully human. In fact, I’m not certain the idea of surrender is even biblical or taught by Jesus. He wants our submission, not our surrender. These are such different concepts.
Caryn: Go on….
to read the rest see "Redeeming Women" at Gifted for Leadership.