Shu Lam, a 25-year-old PhD student at the University of Melbourne just may have altered the course of humanity, having determined how to destroy six superbugs without antibiotics. Superbugs have been described as a fundamental threat to global health. Currently antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill around 700,000 people each year, “but a recent study suggests that number could rise to around 10 million by 2050.” reference
Shu Lam may have just saved your life, or that of your grandchildren and reduced the suffering of generations. It is clear that humanity cannot afford to ignore the gifts of women. Without Shu Lam it is possible that humanity would have been destined to struggle with super bugs for hundreds of years.
Women’s ordination is no longer a theological issue. It is anthropological. Even if the Bible was clear that women could not be ordained, we would have to assert that women’s gifts cannot be ignored, neither in academia nor ecclesia. Human intelligence and experience of female wisdom, brilliance and compassion already declares that any objection to women’s ordination is a cultural and political phenomena.
Political allegiance is a weird phenomena and reflects poorly on the individual. Some Trump supporters recently found nothing objectionable to a list of invented moral and criminal breeches on the part of Trump. Their primary and only concern was that of getting Trump elected. Similarly, those objecting to women’s ordination are stuck in a vortex of contradictory information on the role of women. While working with women’s leadership in every day life they revert to age-old patterns of male dominance when they walk in the church on Sundays.
Look around your congregation. Who is missing? What age-group is not there? Given the current age-profile of your congregation what is your prediction for the date of its closure? Is it more important that you maintain your political stance on women’s ordination, or that you embrace the texts of inclusivity?