I hope this senior official knows his Bible about the spiritual equality of women in our church:
They taught me that
Godly Women make sandwiches
Like Mary meek and mild
And cheerfully serve humility on rye
And keep silent unless to ask:
“Do you want a pickle with that?”
But then I looked for myself,
(Like Godly Women do)
And found a different story
Godly Women defy authority
Like Shiphrah and Puah
And prevent mass genocide.
Godly Women lead people from oppression
And raise their arms in song when the oppressors are thrown into the sea.
Godly Women discern who the enemy really is
And choose to bravely defy empire.
Godly Women are judges, and warriors and generals
And when they raise their arms, stars stray from their courses and rivers wash evil armies away.
Godly Women refuse to harbor the evil enemy
And might give him a bowl of milk—but also a tent peg through the skull.
Godly Women are often victims of sexual power-plays by untouchable-Golden-Boy-Alpha-Males
And yet they become influential political figures.
Godly Women prophesy
And offer hope despite having to deliver hard truths.
Godly Women are strong and determined queens
And show us how—even in persecution—that we can survive and prosper.
Godly Women are feminists
And use their feminine wiles to survive in a male-dominated world.
Godly Women use their words to defy the oppression of empire
And sing at the top of their lungs subversive songs that topple empires.
Godly Women are Outstanding Among the Apostles
And despite being exemplary, have their name and story muted.
Godly Woman author Bible books
And her Hebrew cloud of witnesses bear witness to her words, although her name is cancelled.
Godly Women DO make sandwiches, and subserviently stay in their lanes
And Jesus rebuked her.
Godly Women can choose to not make sandwiches and instead become Disciples
Like Mary (and like me)
And Jesus calls it “the better choice” and assures us that “it will not be taken away…”
Tracy B. Dickerson, 2022