Yesterday I was talking with a friend of mine who teaches at a local Christian high school. She was telling me about her Spiritual Life Group (like a small group at school) and a discussion they had. The group is all girls, of which I would be fairly certain most grew up in Bible-believing churches. The group has a 'question box' where anyone can put a question in, and they periodically draw a question from the box and discuss it. The question that came out yesterday was along the lines of "are women created equal?" Now, the discussion centered around, not just are women equal in 'function' but are they equal in 'value'. My friend sort of took the question a little farther and asked the girls if they thought they were created equally in God's image.
I was greatly saddened to hear what the prevailing opinion among these young Christian women was. They basically said they felt that no, they must not be, because Adam was created first, and Eve only from Adam, and only as a 'helper'. They assumed that men carried 'more' of the image of God because they are allowed to be pastors and leaders in the church and women aren't. They guessed that must be because women get too 'bi-polar' in their emotions. They figured that because God refers to himself in the masculine in scripture that women must just be a little 'less'. What a heartbreaking disservice the church has done to women throughout the ages!
While I can respect differing stances on the 'women in leadership' issue, I am left wondering how we can right the wrongly ingrained beliefs these young ladies have, and countless other women in the church, about the value of their own personhood. I know not all of my readers would agree with the position I personally hold on the topic of women leading in the church, however, I cannot imagine they would be fine with Christian girls holding an opinion of themselves as 'second-rate' in God's eyes! So I would love to have a flood of comments from people - who both agree and disagree with me - with your thoughts on how an issue such as this can be addressed.