Sunday, April 7, 2013


Found this on a blog linked to the Sojourner’s magazine website.  This list turns all the arguments against the ordination of women on their heads. Some of them are a little lame, but they’re still good for a chuckle or two.

10. A man’s place is in the army.

9.  The pastoral duties of men who have children might distract them from the responsibility of being a parent

8.  The physique of man indicates that they are more suited to such tasks as chopping down trees and  wrestling mountain lions. It would be “unnatural” for them to do ministerial tasks.

7.  Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype. Thus, they represent and experiment rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6.  Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. Their conduct at football and basketball games demonstrates this.

5.  Some men are handsome and this will distract women worshipers.

4.  Pastors need to nurture their congregations. But this is not a traditional male role. Throughout history, women have bee recognized as not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more fervently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3.  Men are prone to violence. No really masculine man wants to settle disputes except by fighting about them. Thus they would be poor role models as well as dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2.  The New Testament tells us that Jesus was betrayed by a man. His lack of faith and ensuing punishment remind us of the subordinated that all men should take.

1.  Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep sidewalks, repair the church roof, and perhaps even lead the song serviced on Father’s Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the church.

Original author Dr. David M Scholer, a former professor at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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