The Sex Talk
Last week’s “Kickoff” event sponsored by the Roosevelt Institution was a huge success. We drew in well over a hundred people to this political event, despite really wet and nasty weather. Many of the intellectuals on campus really enjoyed past debate events also. Last year, we had two important debates; one was on the Israeli-Palestinian issue and one was on Pacifism vs. Just War from a Christian perspective. Both of these were excellent events, especially because they presented both sides a chance to develop an intellectual discussion. After last Thursday’s Kickoff, a lot of people said, “we should have more debates.” I couldn’t agree more.
More political debates could be interesting, especially in the fall before the general election. In the meantime, there is another issue that is very important to our generation of Christians. What is euphemistically referred to as “the role of women in the church” is an increasingly important issue for a lot of us. This is one of the things that separates the Church of Christ from almost every other denomination of Christianity and as time passes, it becomes more and more controversial. And while some of the old guard might want to just ignore our generation’s questioning, that is a doomed strategy. Meeting a controversy head-on and getting ideas out in the open is certainly the best way to deal with it.
I randomly came across a comment on a post that I wrote back in April of 2007 on Sexism at Harding in which Lara suggested “a live, on-campus debate on this issue.” Last year, this topic was hot enough to attract 49 comments while this blog was in its earliest stages. I think this university would really benefit from a frank, open discussion of the many issues involving gender and Christianity. This is my official call for a public debate on sexism, “the role of women in the church,” and Harding University’s policies that relate to gender. It might be time for the Church of Christ to reconsider its traditional views on women. It is certainly time to discuss this important issue.