Apparently my HTML coding isn’t sufficient to create a pop-up with the following content warning: “The following theology blog is written by a woman and thus is not appropriate for Christian men to read. If you are male, please click away from this blog immediately. Thank you.”
But consider this your warning. Men, flee the devil and this blog!
I also tried creating a Google filter to restrict readers of my blog to only women. Also, if you are under the age of 12, the filter will let you through. But once you hit 13, it’s over, kid (if you’re a guy). But this ended up not being possible either. I’m just failing at technology these days.
Okay, so none of that is actually true at all. Here’s a slightly more complex take on gender roles in Christianity and what that means for this blog.
I don’t actually know what I believe about women in leadership in the church. By which I mean that I’m not sure where I am emotionally on the subject or where I am in my interpretation of biblical passages. (If you think this issue is clear-cut, try reading some good, scholarly works on the other side and see if you don’t change your mind.) This is one of three theological topics I’m going to think about and research this year. (Yes, I have a list.)
Last week, though, I made a firm conclusion about how Christianity and gender relate: it is not a sin for women to cut their hair.
At age 10, the way I came to that conclusion was by looking around and noticing that a lot of the women in my church had short hair and God wasn’t striking them dead for their blatant sin. So I concluded that what I thought passages like 1 Corinthians 11:14-16.
In this case, that doesn’t seem like a bad way to do things. Because my original conclusion (“I am a sinner for having short hair”) is pretty obviously false.