"Biblical battles tend to reveal the importance of Scripture in church life. We may not like to admit it, but sometimes it is the Bible (and therefore the church) that loses in our biblical battles. The Bible and the church lose when we fail to read the whole Bible on debatable topics, when we fail to read the Bible as connected to a historical and cultural context, or when we are simply too lazy or worn down by debates to spend the time necessary to truly think through a subject. Many of us tire of old debates, finding it easier simply to give in to the first person who comes along with a sense of conviction in what they believe. We’ve been there, done that, and we often feel as if we have nothing new to offer.
However, we must acknowledge the existence of these debates. We know that Galatians 3:28 tells us that we are all “one” in Christ and that there is “in Christ” neither male and/or female. In our honest moments, we know 1 Timothy 2:12 reads “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent.” No matter what we’d like the Bible to say, maintaining honesty leads us to at least some tension between these texts. It is because of texts like these, especially when laid side by side on the table of conversation, that there is debate today.
But I think there is firm ground on which we can stand, and it is ground we might too often abandon in order to carry on the debate surrounding controversial texts."
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