Thursday, February 21, 2013

Ten Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

Before everyone gets all excited over this one, please note that I am not slamming men by printing the following.  Please see the humour as this presents the same so-called "reasoning" that has been, and in some cases still is, used to keep women from being ordained as ministers in the church.  When the tables are turned, for some reason the lack of real logic becomes glaringly apparent.  I don't know who wrote the following, but thank you.  This is not only funny, it is educational!!

TEN REASONS WHY MEN SHOULD NOT BE ORDAINED

10.  A man's place is in the army.

9.  The pastoral duties of men who have children might distract them from the responsibility of being a parent.

8.  The physique of men indicates that they are more suited to such tasks as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions.  It would be "unnatural" for them to do ministerial tasks.

7.  Man was created before woman, obviously as a prototype. Thus, they represent an experiment rather than the crowning achievement of creation.

6.  Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors.  Their conduct at football and basketball games demonstrates this.

5.  Some men are handsome, and this will distract women worshipers.

4.  Pastors need to nurture their congregations. But this is not a traditional male role.  Throughout history, women have been recognized as not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more fervently attracted to it.  This makes them the obvious choice for ordination.

3.  Men are prone to violence. No really masculine man wants to settle disputes except by fighting about them. Thus they would be poor role models as well as dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.

2.  The New Testament tells us that Jesus was betrayed by a man. His lack of faith and ensuing punishment remind us of the subordinated position that all men should take.

1.  Men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained.  They can sweep sidewalks, repair the church roof, and perhaps even lead the song service on Father's Day. By confining themselves to such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the church. 
 

2 comments:

Nancy said...

This is SO good! I LOVED it! Why didn't someone come up with this years ago during the big debate over ordaining women? LOL What a perfect retort.

Susan said...

I really enjoy this one. haha There are any number of situations where this kind of twisted logic has been used to keep women out of certain workplaces so it is nice to see what turning the tables could look like.