I’m sure Jesus knew, even though it’s still hard for me to believe, that Christians would sit around having “theological” debates day in and day out. Jesus didn’t stand in front of a podium for 33 years and preach law after law, but instead showed us how to live by being a real life example for us. If that wasn’t enough (it apparently wasn’t for some), He gave us a lens to see the world and essentially the church through.
“Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” (Matthew 7:17-18)
Now the Bible doesn’t say “Thou shalt not shoot up heroin.” In fact, it doesn’t even command not to get high. It does talk about not getting drunk with wine, but never says anything about getting high. If it doesn’t, then why do the majority of Christians see getting high or shooting up heroin as wrong or a sin? It’s quite simple, actually. All we have to do is look at the fruit that it produces. Heroin leads to addiction, neglection of addict’s own needs and others’, stealing for money to buy more heroin, and ultimately death. We can see from this bad fruit that the tree cannot be good. The same thing applies when we look at women being pastors. China used to be completely closed to Christianity (it’s still closed to missionaries), but there is a revolution beginning to take place. There are many house churches in China, very similar to the early Church, and the majority of pastors of these churches are women.
In fact, over 75% of pastors in China are women!
Here we see women taking a stand and being used by God in this beautiful movement. I’ve seen these Chinese women preaching and teaching and the fruit is wonderful! People can argue that women are not supposed to be preachers and don’t have the authority to, but then why do so many women pastors produce good fruit? China is not a special case, in fact it’s more like the early Church than the American church will ever be. Also, God isn’t just using these women because men weren’t available. First of all, that’s not how God works. Second of all, because it just doesn’t make sense!
There are 30 million more men than women in China because of the one child policy the country had for so long, so a shortage of men can’t be the excuse.
The house churches I visited had tons of men, so it isn’t because men aren’t believers. So if that’s not it, what is? It’s because God is choosing to use these women. In fact, I think He’s using them to be an example, mainly to America. Women do have the authority and power to preach and teach, because God has called them to in China and many other places! If you want to tell these women that they don’t have the authority, well…I would just watch your step because these are strong, God-fearing women who are in the midst of leading a great spiritual revolution.