“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” (1 Timothy 2:11-12 ESV)
After writing posts on Slavic churches, I have been lovingly, and unlovingly, rebuked by different believers.
Most of the reasons given by those believers were not based on the Scripture but rather on the cultural norms and/or traditions. Others were just personal opinions…
For example, some said, “you just want attention,” “you just get satisfaction by meddling in the negative things that happen in our churches,” “you are hurt by the church,” “you are misrepresenting the Slavic churches” etc.
Others have used reasons they argued were based on Scripture: “you are not speaking/rebuking with love,” “leave judging to God alone,” “Jesus said not to judge anyone,” etc.
None of the reasons above were of any concern to me because, you see, all of them (and I am talking about the ones that do not have any basis in God’s Word) did not apply to me.
The ones that were seemingly based on the Scripture, were either in reality founded on an individual’s perception of my motives, or the passage was taken out of context altogether.
I responded to each rebuke with deep prayer, reflection and examination of whether in my heart of hearts I was really motivated by any of those reasons.
After all, Jeremiah writes, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9)
However, the passage continues, “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (v. 10).
Just like David, I earnestly cried out and asked the Lord, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)
Surprisingly, the only nagging thought that continued to surface in my mind was “am I staying true to God’s Word by voicing my passionate thoughts on the blog?” (I refer to the more controversial topics such as the posts dealing with Slavic churches and Slavic culture, or the posts that deal with apologetics, i.e. defense of Christian faith).
For obvious reasons, no one ever has a problem when anyone speaks/writes about neutral topics. However, touch a sensitive issue and there is no lack of voiced opinions.
All of the above aside, what does this have to do with women, submissiveness, teaching, and blogging?
Surprisingly, 1 Timothy 2:11-12 was the only passage I kept coming back to, as I thought and prayed about the various responses to my blog. I also often wondered if the response would be the same if these posts were written by my husband.
Today, the above passage happened to be in my daily Bible reading, and I felt compelled to research this issue in depth.
On a side note, I do want to point out that no one has ever presented this passage as a biblical basis for a rebuke. I never once heard anyone say, “you shouldn’t write about these issues because 1 Timothy 2:11-12 commands you to not teach and to be quiet.” But I often heard this passage mentioned in a conservative church I used to attend.
However, since the nagging thought (of whether I am disobeying God’s Word by writing about the issues that are on my heart) pestered me, I decided to dive into researching this issue, so that I would be fully convinced that there is no wrongdoing or misrepresenting of the Gospel on my part.
One more thing worthy of mentioning is that I do agree with the complementarian view of a husband-wife relationship as defined by the Bible. (Feel free to read “Complementarianism vs. Egalitarianism – Which View Is Biblically Correct?” Moreover, I think it is worth reminding you, my reader, that my very much respected and loved husband proof-reads and edits every post I write and whatever is written is under his authority.
And so the journey begins…
I am very curious to know if any of you have any thoughts on Christian women and blogging. Are women believers within their God-given rights to write about anything and everything? Or are some topics off limits for female bloggers? Are some forms of blogging considered to be “teaching” and should only be limited to topics for other women?
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