Divine Help For The Weaker Sex

Last night around two A.M., I experienced a flash of insight: The prominence of males in the church has actually been God’s affirmative action program! Our society provides ramps for the handicapped and affirmative actions for the disadvantaged. Only now, after millenniums of church history, can we see the necessity of giving the weaker sex—males—an advantage in the church.

In recent years, the evidence has been rolling in: women not only live longer and can withstand more pain, but on the average they are more social, more verbal, and more skilled with people.

It starts early. Check any first grade and see who’s ahead verbally. In kindergarten, boys go “Bang, bang, ack, ack, ack, zoom, zoom!” Girls speak.

All the charts show men catching up in high school or college. But not in the church. Men may make better abstract theologians, but women are consistently “more religious.” A leading church consultant has said, “In denominations that ordain women, male pastors are scared to death. They know women can run circles around them: they can preach better, listen better, pastor better. Over the next 20 years, just watch—women pastors will become the key leaders in those denominations.”

Evidently God knew a strict meritocracy would result in males being upstaged. He must now look with much amusement at the paradox of men not realizing that it is the wheelchair ramp of affirmative action that put them up there behind the pulpit.

EUTYCHUS

Stimulating And Moving

Thank you for carrying “The Great Temptation” by Helmut Thielicke [July 12]. The article was most stimulating and moving.

DWIGHT SULLIVAN

Bisbee, Ariz.

Thielicke’s subtitle warned that we might be trapped by a similar temptation to that of Hitler’s Germany. ...

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