After turning the spotlight on my brothers and sisters in the SBC a couple posts ago, Where did it first go wrong?, I think it is only fair to delve into a hot issue in the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Canada. This last week was the General Assembly in Winnipeg and one topic was should women be ordained? Here is a short 8 minute video that explains the C&MA view of ordination and women and where the stood heading into the General Assembly:

Ordination 5 from C&MA in Canada on Vimeo.

What do I think and how does this affect you?

Looking at scripture there are many places women take on leadership, both in the old testament and the new testament. However, I do think there are also clear examples of males being the senior leadership of the body as well as created differences in our roles as males and females. This is not to say all males should be leaders and all females should be followers or that one is superior to the other. I know many women with strong gifts of leadership. Is it right for a person with a gift from God to let it go to waste? Does God give gifts that are not meant to be used? The answer is no, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1.17). I must admit that I do not have a fully developed point of view on this, but it will probably be coming up on the radar more often in the near future. One fear and reservation I have in saying yes is the same one raised about the SBC, are we attempting to submit to culture versus the Word? So…

What do you think, is the C&MA on a slippery slope and trying to meet cultural pressure?