The Womanhood Chatter and Going Beyond WarsBy Trillia Newbell | March 16th, 2013 | Category: Editor's Note, Perspective | 14 comments
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood recently announced new branding and initiatives and that I would be the Editor of the new Women’s Channel. I am incredibly excited about this new role. I think about it and what we might be able to accomplish every day. After the announcement I emailed a friend and jokingly wrote, “Well, that solidifies that. I am officially a complementarian.”
For many of my friends complementarian doesn’t have any meaning at all. They interpret various Scriptures in such a way that clearly defines them as complementarians but if you asked, what does that word mean they’d most likely say, “I don’t know.” The purpose of this post isn’t to define complementarianism. As the CBMW blog rolls out I will be linking up to our stuff over there which will provide wonderful resources as well as encouraging articles, devotionals and much more. Until then you can visit the CBMW Core Beliefs page or if you have 5 minutes I’d suggest listening to Pastor John Piper’s recent podcast about biblical womanhood.
So I would say that I am unashamedly complementarian in biblical interpretation for the roles and value of men and women in the home and church.
But I also must confess; I want to be liked. I have wonderful friends who are egalitarian (another word that to most people means absolutely nothing. I would suggest looking at Adrian Warnock’s various definitions to get a full picture of what I am talking about). I have had intelligent and encouraging conversations with these girlfriends about my new role and how the Lord might use it for all of our good. I’m thankful for ladies like Jenny Rae Armstrong (blogger and fellow Red Bud Writer). We completely disagree on many points including biblical interpretation, but we love each other.
As I step out and write more about these topics, I find myself feeling like I’m swimming upstream while everyone is heading the opposite direction. There have been many hurts and abuse in the church that I have not experienced. Women are fighting against this everywhere. And I have a husband who is kind, gentle and a leader in the home. I realize that I am potentially an anomaly. So as I watch the culture and my friends, I can feel like a fish out of water and maybe even a little radical (yes, I used that word in reference to being what many would say is incredibly not radical). So there’s this temptation to fear man.
But this is also why I can hardly wait to get started at CBMW. I am convinced that God’s design is beautiful and when applied rightly magnifies Him, not us.
What I think I’m most excited about as I step further into the conversation on womanhood is God has abundant grace available for us to enter in without it being a war. The topic is about to get new life and breath and I am convinced it will be good. It doesn’t have to be a war. I truly love people and therefore my goal (I hope and pray) won’t be to win a fight but to encourage, build up, teach, and prayerfully bring light and grace into a volatile conversation with the help of incredibly strong and gracious contributors and the leadership and assistance of Courtney Reissig.
Women, I invite you to join me in being radically different. We can have intelligent and useful conversations, completely disagree (yep, we can disagree), maybe even teach each other something, without blog wars or culture wars or any war. I’m excited to enter this conversation with you (whoever you are) and believe with all my heart we can come out of this without wounds.
Perhaps we could even join together with Louie Giglio and End It!