Some have misinterpreted the fact that the scriptures give men and women different roles to mean that women are inferior to men. This is mainly because the bible places men in authority over women both in the family and in the church. It needs to be established that we are talking about equality in the sight of God.
Men and women are different biologically, emotionally, physically, and sexually. Regardless of all these differences, they are equal in God’s sight. God gave them roles and responsibilities best suited to their natures and His desire.
God gave responsibilities to the man that involve the most physical strength. He was to dress and keep the garden (Gen. 2:15). His living would come by the sweat of his face” (Gen. 3:17-19). He is to be the provider (1 Tim.5:8).
God gave to the woman responsibilities remarkably different from the man’s. Hers is the role of childbearing and a keeper at home (Gen. 3:16; Tit. 2:5).
In the church God placed man in complete charge over the woman. Elders, deacons and preachers and teachers are all to be men. Women are to remain silent in the worship service (1 Cor 14:33-40). Women are prohibited from having authority over man, and she is prohibited from teaching a man (1 Tim 2:11,12). This was done because of the sin of Eve in the Garden of Eden (1 Tim 2:13,14).
In the family woman is to be subject to her husband in everything (Eph 5:24). She is to obey him and love him. She is to love and care for her children. She is to be a chaste keeper at home (Tit 2:4-5).
Having said this, this in no way eliminates woman’s importance in the church or family. If a woman obeys the will of God in these regards, they make their husband (in part) eligible to become elders and deacons (1 Tim 3:1-13). Even among preachers, a godly wife is very imperative, for she is a good example for all women to follow.
Since it is established over and over in both testaments that “God is no respecter of persons,” one is incorrect to think that God’s order of headship is somehow contrary to equality. God has placed civil rulers over their citizens (Rom.) 3:10, but that doesn’t mean God loves rulers more than he does citizens for God is no respecter of persons. God has placed parents in authority over their children (Eph.6:1), but that doesn’t mean he loves parents more than he does children, for he is no respecter of persons.
God has given elders oversight of the flock (I Pet. 5:2 Heb. 13:7,17), but that doesn’t mean he loves elders more than he loves deacons or any of the other members, for God is no respecter of persons. God has made the husband the head of the wife (Eph. 5:23). He has said a woman is not “to teach or usurp authority over a man” (1 Tim. 2:12). But this does not mean he loves men more than he does women, for God is no respecter of persons! Headship has nothing to do with God’s love.
Conclusion: While women must accept the role God has given them it in no way means they are second class Christians or inferior in God’s sight. Both men and women need to accept their God given roles, and once they do, both the family and the church will thrive and grow by the power of God. Man, respect your wife. Woman, respect your husband. Revere one another in your proper role in the family and church, working together toward the same goal of eternal life (Tit 1:2). Because in salvation, there is neither male or female in the sight of God: for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28).