Below is the cover for the current issue of Gospel Today magazine.
See if you can spot the problem with it:
Did you find it?!
If you said, “Women pastors?! WHAT?! That’s blasphemy!” then you win!
Turns out Lifeway Christian Bookstores — owned by the Southern Baptist Convention — is pulling the magazine from its shelves for just that reason.
Chris Turner, a spokesman for Lifeway Resources, which runs the stores for the Southern Baptist Convention, said, “It is contrary to what we believe.”
What do Southern Baptists believe? That women are equal to men in all ways… except running a church or a family.
In those cases, to hell with that extra X chromosome.
It’s like the line from George Orwell‘s Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
I know what you’re thinking: “If they took it off the shelves, how will I get my copy?!”
Don’t worry. Apparently, you can still buy the magazine at the stores; you just have to ask the clerk for it privately because they won’t be displayed publicly.
Kinda like porn.
The magazine’s editor, Teresa Hairston, isn’t helping matters very much. She thinks the magazine should remain on the shelves — but not because she wants to see women in leadership positions in the church. She says the magazine was “just reporting on a trend, not trying to promote women pastors.”
Of course not.
We wouldn’t want anyone to think the Christians in this case were promoting equality.
Jesus would never have wanted that.
By the way, if your brain doesn’t hurt yet, here’s a little more of the entertaining Southern Baptist mindset. Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is a fan of Sarah Palin — who is currently a governor and could be Vice President.
How does he answer charges that he is being hypocritical in supporting Palin’s leadership position with his antipathy for women in church leadership positions?
… I said, ‘If you don’t mind my saying so, that’s an asinine question, but I’ll answer it.’ Mrs. [Margaret] Thatcher said that her husband was head of her home and she ran the country. Queen Elizabeth said that Prince Phillip was head of the home and she was head of the country. If Mrs. Thatcher had been an American, I would’ve enthusiastically supported her for president of the United States.
The only restrictions we find in Scripture are, that for whatever reason women are not to be in charge of a marriage and women are not to be in charge of a church. That has nothing to do with governor, or senator or the House of Representatives, or president, or vice president.
So, running a country of 300,000,000 or a state of 1,000,000 or a town of 10,000 is ok. But running a church of 100 or a family of 7 is forbidden.
(Via Christianity Today Blog)