Thursday, February 01, 2007

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

One of my newer blogging friends, Andrena, is getting ready for her ordination as an ELCA minister, so this is in her honor. Some of the best ministers I've ever known are women, but for some, the ordination of women is still a little problematic. Women in the ministry are still a minority, even in denominations that fully embrace the gifts women can bring to the role, so I thought it appropriate. I have to confess, this is just blatant thievery. (Does stealing a blog post count as a sin?) I lifted this from here, which I found here.

Top Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

10. A man's place is in the army.

9. For men who have children, their duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.

8. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions. It would be "unnatural" for them to do other forms of work.

7. Man was created before woman. It is therefore obvious that man was a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors. This is easily demonstrated by their conduct at football games and watching basketball tournaments.

5. Some men are handsome; they will distract women worshipers.

4. To be ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation. But this is not a traditional male role. Rather, throughout history, women have been considered to be not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it. This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3. Men are overly prone to violence. No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than by fighting about it. Thus, they would be poor role models, as well as being dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2. Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained. They can sweep paths, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father's Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the Church.

1. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man. Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take.

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Blogger Lisa :-] said...

This is so perfect...!

February 01, 2007 4:49 PM  
Blogger Theresa Williams said...

This is fantastic. :-D

February 02, 2007 10:00 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

ha! priceless!

The Reverend Andrena Ingram (giggling)

February 11, 2007 3:17 PM  

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