It is an absurd notion that women should be kept from leading men in any area. Yet this is commonplace in many church communities and done under the guise of being God’s will. When faced with the reality that many other cultures see the family order playing out much differently, we are either forced to say that there are other ways of living faithfully, or that everyone else is wrong and we’ve understood it and got it right. Jimothy takes the latter option.
Do Americans possess a special ability to understand scripture? Do we act like we do?
What might we learn from other cultures where men and women’s roles look different?
Does God love and approve of people who don’t live in American and don’t fit American gender stereotypes?