Last week on our blog, Derek wrote to men, asking them to man up and lead. This week, I thought I would address the ladies. As we put out a call for men to step up, we must also call for women to step down. And by this, I mean submit and serve. Take on the roll that God gave you.
Popular culture tells us that a woman should be strong, independent, model-esque, practically naked…perfect. “You’re a woman! You should be the CEO of the company! The best dressed! The smartest and the most powerful! Follow in the footsteps of Oprah, Tyra, Angelina and Miley!”
It’s ok to have a good job, make money, be intelligent, etc. but we have taken this too far. We have set ourselves on a pedestal, believing that we can take on the world, striving for perfection and stepping on anyone who gets in our way. In today’s society, women are taking on the masculine role and men are taking the backseat.
This should not be.
The Bible calls men to lead and women to submit to that leadership.
1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
1 Timothy 2:8-14 8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
Does that mean you shouldn’t have a top-notch education? No! Does it mean you can’t be the CEO of a large company? No! Does it mean you can’t speak up or teach or preach? No!
It means that we should be reverent toward our men. God chose them to lead and we must let them lead. We are to submit, serve and encourage. If we can’t submit ourselves to the men in our lives (our fathers, husbands, bosses, pastors, etc.), then how can we truly submit to God?
God is smarter than we are and he chose this spiritual hierarchy for a reason. He equipped men with everything they need to lead.
So, ladies, I encourage you, speak highly of our men. Don’t complain about them. Serve them. Honor them. Trust them. Respect them. Encourage them. Love them. And, sing their praises when they come through for you.
You may be surprised at how well they lead when you let them.