Millions of women marched this weekend.
So it shows there’s this huge presence pushing for women’s equality. And I think the basic tenets of feminism are great because of course women are of equal value. But it got me thinking of my role as a man and the role of men currently in leadership.
I don’t think men have done anything wrong for leading. And if you read the Bible in one way, each gender has been given a different roll to play in this big earthly theater. I could see that making sense in a way. I mean a play, for example, can turn out pretty well when all people fill roles they’ve been given (When all the actors just want to show a beautiful story to the world).
I don’t know yet how I interpret the Bible regarding gender roles. But I started thinking that if there is some reason for traditional gender roles in the Bible, why has there been such a backlash? If men are just filling the roles as leaders that have been set out before them, what went wrong?
And I think it might be this. We men have not led as servants. There shouldn’t be a need to upheave a functioning system if people in power are using their role to empower and honor the ones they lead. I think we’ve neglected what the Bible requires of a leader. It says leaders should give up their own desires so they can help the ones they lead.
So, while brilliant, justice-minded feminists should push the glass ceiling and make sure equality is understood and enacted, and I support that, I realized I am also positioned in a different role.
If I lead, I must lead as a servant, sacrificing my comfort for the betterment of those who I lead. And if a man happens to be in leadership over women that may look like making certain they evaluate them for their skills (not their body) and paying the same salary as to a man. Woah, what if, as a servant-leader, it meant you might even pay your employees more than yourself!
If any of my male friends are in leadership, in my humble opinion, I don’t think you need to surrender your role to a woman… unless they sacrifice for the ones they serve better than you.
I don’t want to speak for God, but I surmise that a servant’s heart, not a gender, is the more important characteristic of a leader.
Raw Spoon, 1-24-17