To tell you the truth, I think that this WO issue reveals how much the church is in a state of confusion on both sides of the question.
On one hand, the church is not coherent. The biblical question is not about knowing whether a woman can be an ordained pastor but rather if a woman CAN be a pastor. Because in the Bible the question is about the role or function, not about ordination.
So, if the church says that women can be commissioned pastors, that is, if they can occupy the position of pastor, then they can be ordained pastors. It is as simple as that.
But if the church says that women cannot be ordained pastors then why do they allowed them to be commissioned pastors? And why allow them to study theology? It is not fair to let them study theology and then arbitrarily say, “Sorry, you cannot go further”. This doesn’t make sense.
The church has a big part of responsibility for this situation that confuses and hurt many.
Again, if the church allows women to be commissioned pastors then, according to me, they should allow them to be ordained because the real issue is the function/role not the ordination or lack thereof.
On the other hand, many, on the pro WO side, are mixing different issues together (i.e. ordination, women ministries, equal pay, equality, abuses against women, etc) and, at time, use wrong (according to me) biblical arguments in order to support their cause. In order to support their positions many are willing to disregard portions of the Bible, to consider some texts as irrelevant or biased, or even to malign some biblical writers, not realizing that they are undermining the relevancy of the entire Scripture (after all, if one portion of the Bible is not trustworthy here why should I trust that the Bible is trustworthy there?).
Now, concerning the behavior of the people on both sides of the matter, here also, I see a lot of problems.
On one hand, the GC is reduced to issuing threats of sanctions against non-compliant elements of the church. This might not be the best strategy (though I still believe that the GC has the duty to implement the decision taken by the church in session even if some people don’t like it).
One the other hand, some women think, rightfully or not, that they deserve some particular positions or status (or some people think that they do). But even if they do, I am not sure that the we are witnessing the same spirit as found in Jesus “who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God” (Philippians 2:6)
Also, many on the WO side don’t realize the danger of disregarding the decision taken by the church in session. If the pro WO are allowed to disregard the vote, we create a precedent that will be used by anybody who doesn’t want to comply with a vote.
And, to finish, people on both sides have the tendency not to respect the other side but both sides believe they are led by the Holy Spirit.
So, what do I see concerning WO? I see people letting the enemy of our soul run wild in the vineyard of the Lord.