But gentle doesn't mean quiet, nor does meek mean "I shouldn't say this because it might hurt someone's feelings."
Feelings are great, but they can also create walls until we see only ourselves and our own world. A hurt feeling can be a sign that someone was being rude or offensive, but it can also mean that someone told us the truth and we didn't want to listen.
As Christians we talk a lot about truth. Truth matters to us. But for some reason we don't always want tell the truth or hear the truth. We much rather hide behind niceties and platitudes that keeps the boat steady.
Something about not rocking the boat reminds me of Titanic. After the ship sank, hundreds of people were left fighting for their lives in the freezing ocean. Some of the half-full lifeboats, filled with first class passengers, removed themselves from the scene silently. Talk about not wanting to rock the boat.
Is that what we want to do as Christians? Glide silently through life while the rest of the world is dying around us; refuse to listen to the cries of the oppressed, the domestic violence victims?
When we talk about gender inequality in the church, is it our responsibility to check our tone and make sure we don't offend anyone, or should we finally come to the realization that what we have to say will automatically offend? Is it time we finally realized that we can't talk about gender inequality without meeting walls everywhere we go; walls that people have created to protect themselves from the truth?
Perhaps having a gentle and meek spirit means that we will defend the truth regardless of the cost, for telling the truth can be costly. But the price we pay is much lower than the price tag given to most women. For while we fear hurting someone's feelings and the inevitable backlash that follows, women all around the world fear far more deadly forms of backlashes. They can't speak out without paying for their words with their lives.
But we can.
It's time to tear down the walls of injustice.