As a woman blogger, I walk a very fine line. God's Word clearly prohibits women from teaching and having authority over men in the context of the church (1 Timothy 2:11-14), putting me in an awkward position as I write about God's Word. I know men read this blog, so I want to be careful, as I examine Scripture, not to cross the line into disobedience.
I do believe that women can, and should, talk about the things the Holy Spirit shows us as we study His Word. But in doing so, we must avoid establishing ourselves as teachers (unless we know with certainty that only women make up our audience). Therefore, I tend to refer to myself in blog posts by writing about my personal application of the Scriptures I discuss. Sometimes I slip into "teaching mode," which disturbs me because doing so violates God's clear command, but I pray that I manage to pull back when that happens.
This concern arose in response to an introductory comment in the Do Not Be Surprised blog earlier this week. Erin wrote, "If ever this blog were to become about me, I would have to shut it down," meaning that she wants her blog to focus completely on the Lord Jesus Christ and His pure doctrine than on her. She's made similar comments at other times, and I admire her commitment to exalt Him. She sets a wonderful example.
Erin, like me, also firmly upholds 1 Timothy 2:11-14. On her radio program, Equipping Eve, she customarily asks men to step out of earshot so she can teach women without fear of also teaching men. Also like me, however, she doesn't confine her blog to a strictly female readership. Perhaps I'd do well to study her blog to understand how she keeps from teaching.
For now, however, I intend to solve the dilemma by apologetically inserting myself into my posts, keeping a personal tone that prevents me from establishing myself in a teaching role. I may be taking the wrong approach. If so, I trust my Heavenly Father to correct me. After all, I write this blog, with all its imperfections, to honor Him.