Just a few thoughts: my first on Spectrum
Are we headed toward God using “Cesar” to step into this WO issue as He did regarding equal pay scale for both men and women! (remember the disparity when a husband/wife team taught - the wife earned about half of what her husband received!)
Governments make policy also… but, the test comes when a challenge is brought when compliance demands are made that interfere with operations and mission which are shown to be “non constitutional.” I do believe this gender bias ordination policy is in conflict with a fundamental belief.
Until our church “1st” establishes theologically a “headship” theology (meaning “male” headship only), we may still keep the “compliance document” in place, but the test comes when it is used to discipline over the issue of W/O; but, I suspect it will have such unintended consequences as those who voted for it will rue the day it was passed - it may expose so many skeletons in the closet that the W/O issue will pale into insignificance!
Is it not true, much of or significant portion of minor languages and 3rd world delegates never had the TOSC report in their own language for review to make a better informed vote!
Are we ultimately headed toward “Regional Conferences” regarding the gender question as with the “black” question?
The “Nuclear Option” may well have been loaded on the missile and launched - but God knows how to defuse it on rout!
A thing to consider for our conferences, unions, etc; - do what it takes to remain with a voting voice - a very bad consequence will be to let those only have a voice on this issue where any future vote will be a 80/20 against WO; and maybe even an overturn of ordination of women for anything! Can we learn from Israel when the split came then - it need not have been if “cooler heads prevailed!” I am cautious in dialogue with anyone on either side of the W/O question when there is more “heat than light!”
Having noted these brief thoughts - I see God in all of this where many have been too content to just follow “party lines.” Let each one determine to uplift the Character of God as seen in Jesus and bring assurance of Salvation’s Path to those hungering for light and truth.