Late night thoughts on the recent decision of the Church of God to not allow women to become bishops: I have noticed that many in this discussion think that it is divisive for men and women who feel that women are being held back from their calling because of gender-restrictive denominational ordinances and therefore that we should say nothing in order to avoid conflict. This is equivalent to sweeping an issue in a friendship that is reoccurring. Sure, it seems peaceful. Everyone appears to be ok. There may be a minor issue from time to time but nothing to serious. In reality, one person is continually being hurt and is kept from wholeness in this relationship but would rather sweep the dirt under the rug rather than deal with it directly. Sometimes addressing a problem will stir up all kinds of emotions. I would say to those who say that we ought to stop being dramatic about the calling of women as equally valid, approved, and qualified in the sight of God that we cannot keep silent on this issue. We may disagree, but we cannot pretend that everything is alright.