10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

  1. A man’s place is in the army.
  2. For men who have children, ministerial duties might distract them from the responsibilities of being a parent.
  3. Their physical build indicates that men are more suited to tasks such as chopping down trees and wrestling mountain lions.  It would unnatural for them to do other forms of work.
  4. Man was created before woman.  Therefore it is obvious that man was a prototype.  Men represent an experiment, rather than the crowning achievement of creation.
  5. Men are too emotional to be priests or pastors.  This is clearly evident from their conduct at hockey games.
  6. Some men are handsome; they will be a distraction to women worshipers.
  7. To be an ordained pastor is to nurture the congregation, but this is not a traditional male role.  Rather, throughout history, women have been considered not only more skilled than men at nurturing, but also more frequently attracted to it.  This makes women the obvious choice for ordination.
  8. Men are overly prone to violence.  No really manly man wants to settle disputes by any means other than fighting.  Thus, they would be poor role models and dangerously unstable in positions of leadership.
  9. Nevertheless, men can still be involved in church activities, even without being ordained.  They can sweep church sidewalks, repair the church roof, and maybe even lead the singing on Father’s Day.  By contenting themselves with such traditional male roles, they can still be vitally important in the life of the church.
  10. In the New Testament account, the person who betrayed Jesus was a man.  Thus, his lack of faith and ensuing punishment stands as a symbol of the subordinated position that all men should take in matters of the church.

8 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Men Should Not Be Ordained

  1. Theresa: of course I’m a feminist! (In the sense that I believe men and women are equals.)

    Steph: no I didn’t write it (I wish!), I found the list on a piece of paper that was kicking around the lounge at Prov. I happened to pick it up and read it and really liked it, so I posted it here.

  2. As a man going to Bible College in the hopes of one day being ordained in ministry i disapprove of this post. How am i supposed to practice my Greek, or confound the congregation with pastor talk (e.g. “Only a demythologised Barhian ontology can subvert the difference of postmodern theory and re-construe the analogia entis in terms of temporal mediation”). That, and besides, i’ve already started amassing a good book collection. Surely every pastor should have one of those, which means my collection will be all for naught. You should reconsider your post.

  3. so men SHOULDN’T be the leaders? the Bible has been lying to me all these years? alrighty then, i’m stickin’ that sucker at the back of my bookshelf. i’ve got a stack of dickens and shakespeare on my nightstand that’s been calling my name…for 3 years now…

  4. I think men and women need to lead together in ministry and in the home. I think it is a lie to believe that men must be unemotional or non-nurturing. This is like saying all women are suited to be mothers and housewives and all men are suited for chopping wood. I know many men who are not suited for highly physical tasks, but more suited for teaching or pastoral duties. Many of the points in this post are too generalized and certainly do not apply to all or even most men. I think each individual needs to evaluate their gifts and passions, then apply them in an appropriate manner.

  5. Thank you for your comments Sarah, but this post was meant as a joke. Perhaps I should have made that more clear when I posted it, sorry if I caused any confusion.

    Each of the 10 points corresponds to an argument that some people use to justify the claim that women should not be allowed to be ordained as ministers/pastors. Whoever wrote the list (I got it from a handout I found on the floor at college) simply took 10 popular arguments and turned them around on men to show the ridiculousness of the reasoning behind them.

    The reason that “Many of the points in this post are too generalized and certainly do not apply to all or even most men” is because that is precisely the joke’s point: people have been doing the same thing to women for far too long.

    All joking aside, when we look at the issue from a serious perspective, I wholeheartedly agree with you that “men and women need to lead together in ministry and in the home.”

    Thanks again for your comments.

  6. HAHA! Phew, I’m glad that was a joke. I think I’m just jaded from seeing too many websites and books who would seriously endorse all the above statements (i.e. the most depraved/sad group, CBMW: the council for biblical manhood and womanhood).

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