Too often I read criticism that egalitarians don’t take the Bible seriously, or they simply don’t pay attention to it at all. One blogger recently decried the decision of a conservative church to open up the office of elder to women, saying “The denial of complementarianism undermines the church’s practical embrace of the authority of Scripture.” (Denny Burk, Some reflections on a church that has recently embraced egalitarianism, quoting Ligon Duncan.)
My experience, though, is that egalitarian Christians carefully engage with Scripture. Groups such as Christians for Biblical Equality, forums like the Junia Project and bloggers like Margaret Mowczko (and many others) are proof of that. (See Prominent Biblical Scholars on Women in MInistry.)
In any case, I thought it would be handy to have a symbol ready for the next time someone tries to claim complementarians are the ones who take the Bible seriously while egalitarians don’t.
The authority of Scripture that teaches me that Jesus loves me is the same authority that informs the rest of my understanding of God and his people. Others might come to a different understanding on various matters: free will and predestination, God’s sovereignty and our responsibilities, whether to be pre-millennial and look for a literal seven year tribulation or not. More can be listed, but the point is that no one should denigrate another’s position as being the product of a lack of concern for the Bible’s very words.
So here I stand:
Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.