Lindsey Carlson lives in Houston with her worship-pastor husband and their four active kids (all under age 10). Her home is filled with the sounds of childhood (galloping horses, swashbuckling heroes, and the occasional sibling brawl), the near-constant presence of music in some form, and volumes of great literature, old and new. You can catch her regular reflections on faith and worship at Worship Rejoices.
“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve;” 1 Timothy 2:11-12
This isn’t exactly one of those verses I’ve seen girls sport on coffee mugs or paint in scripted letters over their front door.
I’ll admit, I’ve squirmed in my seat while discussing them with flabbergasted feminist friends. At the reading of this passage, a woman clinging to her sense of independence and equality perceives her rights are being threatened, and perhaps her self-worth. It’s a culturally sticky subject.
But, in order to uphold scriptural authority, we need to address the elephant in the room. The words aren’t comfy, but they’re clear. It’s really a black and white matter: women are called to quietness and submission within the context of the local church.
Like it or not, these verses are no less valuable than the ones we scribble on post-its and frame in our living rooms. They are pieces of God’s unchanging word and he declares them good and worthy of being studied, understood, and embraced.
So how do we handle these verses? Find out by heading over to The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood's women's blog, Karis by clicking here to read the rest of the article!