Speaking of issues of power, would you want to attend a church where more than half of the congregants are treated as second-class citizens in the kingdom of God?
No—you wouldn’t. But the fact is that many churches do just this to their female congregants, who, by the way, attend church in vastly higher numbers than men.
This often boils down to how a church interprets the teachings of Paul, who wrote, in one of his letters, that women should never teach men, that they must, in fact, be silent.
This often translates into a church environment that is toxic for women—one that can leave you depressed as you are made to feel lesser because of your gender, as you are silenced, as you are robbed of opportunities to use your strengths and gifts.
But, again, this is unscriptural. Galatians 3:28 proclaims the truth: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In this context, we can see that Paul wasn’t speaking of all women, all the time. He was addressing a particular issue at a particular church. But what it truly boils down to is if your church isn’t treating you as Jesus would have treated you, it’s time to go.
There are other churches out there that will treat you with the love, equity, and respect that you deserve as a human being made in the image of God.