Every time we say God is a man, another woman in our church believes God must be a complete bastard.
Every time we say that women cannot lead or preach, another woman in our church is convinced she is evil and has a rebellious spirit rather than a gift and a calling from God.
Every time we stand up and condemn abortion and say it was murder, another woman in our church learns she will always have to hide her past to retain her dignity.
Every time we condemn homosexuality, another woman in our church learns she has to lie to us to protect her family.
Every time we insist God says women must always submit to their husbands, another woman in our church believes if she can just change herself enough, God will step in and stop the abuse.
Every time we say that women are the weaker sex, a girl in our church believes that she could never have fought off her rapist anyway.
And every time we say Christianity has a masculine feel, a young woman in our church understands that this is just one more place where she will need to trade primarily on her ability to complement, satisfy or service the men in it.
Sometimes these things are said, and “God is love” is said in the very same breath, and when they are, sometimes women leave the church and abandon their faith in God completely. And that is not Gods fault. But sometimes, women and sisters and mothers and daughters trust their deep suspicion that both cannot be true. These things must be lies, and God must love women, because God himself that said He was neither a man, nor a liar*.
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