Equality does not demand Identicalness!
It has been argued that their cannot be equality between men and women according to God inKingdom 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.I believe that there is confusion between the term equality and the term identical. It would be a falsestatement to say that men and women are identical. Even the simplest human being on the planet canunderstand and perceive that there are inherent differences between men and women but this shouldnot necessarily result in a lack of equality between the sexes in God’s economy.Why?Because equality does not demand that we be identical contrary to some teachings by today’s popularmainstream complementarians teachers. For proof of my concept I urge us to look at a couple ofsimple mathematical equations for clarity.5 + 3 = 84 + 4 = 85 + 3= 4 + 4The above equation shows us that both 5 + 3 and 4 + 4 equal the same amount even though theequations are not identical. 5 + 3 is indeed quite different than 4 + 4. So we say celebrate thedifference! It can be said that these two equations are naturally not identical yet they are equal.In fact:0 + 8 = 81 + 7 = 82 + 6 = 83 + 5 = 84 + 4 = 85 + 3 = 86 + 2 = 87 + 1 = 88 + 0 = 8Are 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. Equalityamong 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 andopportunities; this equality being the result of the redemptive work of Christ that ensures them andnothing 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 inthe eyes of God. Only sons receive an inheritance remember so either daughters are seen as sonsin the eyes of God or they do not receive the inheritance. It is then through the resurrection andtransfiguration of Christ that we are all given the Holy Spirit who seals us as well as designatesour calling, giftings and opportunities in Kingdom service in response to theindividual’s obedience both in Heaven and on earthThe outcry for equality within the body of Christ does not remove uniqueness from the male andfemale 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 becelebrated between us anymore than it demands that we remove the attributes of different peoplegroups or the unique identity of each individual in Kingdom economy. All are tobe celebrated not used as a means of separation or designation.Unity will come when equality is understoodand is the standard we seek.