A Thought: I Was Just called to Minister.
So here’s the deal. The latest topic of discussion among the UMC is the recent Council of Bishops’ narrow vote regarding the equality of women clergy in their church authority, preaching, etc… The final verdict comprised of nations with far different cultural views than the United States UMC jurisdictions, is that we are unequal to men in the task of preaching, sacramental duties, and church authority, etc…
That has nothing to do with me, or God’s obvious call to me as attested by anyone in my home church who witnessed me being mentored and nurtured into this calling from childhood. I have not chosen to participate in COSROW; nor relished being the ‘token’ female on major Boards of my Conference such as CFA, BOM, etc; nor wanted to be appointed to anything for ‘affirmative action.’
I AM A PREACHER FOR JESUS CHRIST. Period. I do not see myself as a female preacher, but as a preacher. All the attention came to me early on in the novelty of it all. I was called a ‘trailblazer;’ “crashing the glass ceiling;’ ‘liberal.’ ( People expect me to be liberal because I’m a female clergy, when I’m more of a Centrist). The bottom line is this: I cannot help God calling me for His ministerial and pastoral service anymore than I can help the gender anatomy of which I was born.
So love me or leave me. I’m not getting on this bandwagon, but rather the chariot of angel fire for the Lord!
How are YOU going to unapologetically serve Jesus Christ today?
Have a Thankful Thursday! Gal. 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”