Truth is I have no desire to be identical to anyone. To desire to be identical to someone is to believe that another person sets the standard for what it good, acceptable or to be desired. I am under no such belief. I believe quite the contrary; that all human beings are fatally flawed and none of us sets the standard for anything good, acceptable or to be desired by anyone seeking to be Christlike. On the other hand I do believe as a child of God covered by the blood of Yeshua Messiah that I should be treated with equality within the body of Christ because His blood and power covers and is avaliable to all equally without regard to gender, race, economic or social status.
Some have insisted that to desire equality is to believe that someone else sets the standard. Worse still it has been said to me that in seeking equality what I'm really doing is desiring to be like another person or trying to measure up to others as though I see a deficit in myself. This is a false belief spoken to me by complementarian men and women. It is my assertion that they make this claim because they believe that there is a standard and that standard is man/male. They claim women desire to be like or have the power of men. In an attempt to impart understanding I want to make it clear that women do not seek to be men just like people of other races don't seek to be white. No, people want freedom. Freewill is part of being created in the image of God which no human has the right or power to remove or hinder. People, want to exercise their freewill and Christians should seek to do it under the guidance and authority of Christ alone through the work of the Holy Spirit.
It has also been argued by some that their cannot be equality between men and women according to God in Kingdom economy because that means removing the differences between men and women; differences which should be celebrated not removed.
I argue that this is not a true statement; the removal of differences is not essential to equality.
I believe that there is confusion between the term equality and the term identical. It would be a false statement to say that men and women are identical. Even the simplest human being on the planet can understand and perceive that there are inherent differences between men and women but this should not necessarily result in a lack of equality between the sexes or races in God’s economy.
Because equality does not demand that we be identical contrary to some teachings by today’s popular mainstream complementarian teachers. For proof of my concept I urge us to look at a couple of simple mathematical equations for clarity.
5 + 3 = 8
4 + 4 = 8
5 + 3= 4 + 4
The above equation shows us that both 5 + 3 and 4 + 4 equal the same amount even though the equations are not identical. 5 + 3 is indeed quite different than 4 + 4. So we say celebrate the difference! It can be said that these two equations are naturally not identical yet they are equal.
0 + 8 = 8
1 + 7 = 8
2 + 6 = 8
3 + 5 = 8
4 + 4 = 8
5 + 3 = 8
6 + 2 = 8
7 + 1 = 8
8 + 0 = 8
Are all simple mathematical equations that prove that equality does not necessarily result in identicalness!
We can celebrate the beauty of the differences of each without removing their equality. Equality among men and women in Kingdom economy does not demand identical nature between the sexes. Equality in Kingdom economy does however demand an equal distribution of status, rights and opportunities; this equality being the result of the redemptive work of Christ that ensures them and nothing earned or warranted because of our natural state of being.
Christ’s sacrifice secured our status and rights as children of God; we are all seen as sons of God in the eyes of God. Remember, only sons receive an inheritance so either daughters are seen as sons in the eyes of God or they do not receive the inheritance. It is then through the resurrection and transfiguration of Christ that we are all given the Holy Spirit who seals us as well as designates our calling, giftings and opportunities in Kingdom service in response to the individual’s obedience both in Heaven and on earth
The outcry for equality within the body of Christ does not remove uniqueness from the male and female nature of creation or from the individual as fearfully and wonderfully made. Equality does not demand that we see the sexes as identical or remove the differences that should be celebrated between us anymore than it demands that we remove the attributes of different people groups or the unique identity of each individual in Kingdom economy. All are to be celebrated not used as a means of separation or designation.
Unity will come when equality is understood
and Christ the standard we seek.