Kiss it goodbye!
Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, approximately 6,000 years ago, gender bias has been an issue between the sexes. As such, women have been striving to regain the equality that the Lord God Almighty gave to both the woman and the man at the dawn of creation. Of course, women taking up the cause of suffragette isn’t new either, records have been kept of women getting involved in activism for centuries. From the annals of history, Christian women like Mary Dyer, Lottie Moon, Maria Woodworth-Etter, Evangeline Booth, Kathryn Kuhlman and in today’s line-up, Joyce Meyers and many more. This is not to deny or diminish all of the women ministers who worked and toiled in unknown and unsung ministries, but who, nevertheless lived lives of radical obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Interestingly, Christian women that have felt called to the Ministry have had to leave their all behind and become traveling evangelists so that they could fulfill their ministries. Looking at Mary Dyer, who became a Quaker and was persecuted by the religious people of her day, until finally in June 1660, she uttered her last plea for religious freedom and then was hung, becoming a martyr (www.nwhm.org). There was Lottie Moon, who was called of the Lord, she then left everything behind, living and working in China. On the way back to the United States she died aboard a ship after enduring a famine in China (www.imb.org). Then there was Maria Woodworth-Etter, who traveled throuhout the USA, and preached out of a tent that could seat 8,000 people. Her ministry was known for miraculous healings by the Lord Jesus Christ (www.ag.org). Then there was Evangeline Booth, who was the daughter of the founder of the Salvation Army. She finally became the head of the branch that was in the United States, living and working until she finally retired in 1939 (www.nwhm.org). Looking next at Kathryn Kuhlman’s ministry, a woman who loved the Lord Jesus and was filled with the Holy Spirit. Her ministry was marked by miracles as well (www.kathrynkuhlman.com). Then there is Joyce Meyers who has a no-nonsense approach to ministry, helping people get past the obstacles in their life and the things that are holding them back from their ministries.
The church, in so many ways, is a sort of potter’s field where the gifts of women, as so many strangers, are buried. How long, O Lord, how long before man shall roll away the stone that we may see a resurrection?