I really enjoyed reading this article, which discusses the myth in the Christian world that “men must be the spiritual leader.” I realized that as I wrote this and even titled the post, many would read and be shocked, because you do not in fact agree that it’s a myth! It really is okay if you disagree. I’m just beginning to process my thoughts on this issue. I’d like to give you grace to believe and be where you’re at and would hope you’d give me the grace to question and be where I’m at, as well.
With that said, for now I’ll just share the link to the article and will post my own comments on it later. I think men and women alike may find this interesting and I would especially love to hear what you think! Keep in mind that the post doesn’t give much scriptural back-up for this position, as that doesn’t seem to be the purpose of the article.
Here’s are a couple of excerpts,
But the idea remains pervasive that God has decreed that men are meant to be spiritual leaders, and women to be spiritual followers of their men, from the moment they get married. Some say that God designed men and women this way; others say that He simply decreed this for unknown reasons, and who are we to question? But if we believe that God is holy, just and good, then we must believe that God’s decree and/or design is somehow good for both men and women.
“Spiritual leadership” is part of the unrealistic expectations of many Christian women.
click here to continue reading: http://krwordgazer.blogspot.com/2012/11/men-must-be-spiritual-leaders-real-life.html
I’ve never really thought of this as a “hot topic.” I have to laugh at the things I’ve been questioning lately. Things I’ve been taught as if there is no other way…and then I find that not only have others questioned, but have found convincing reasons to believe contrary.
Whether you read the article or not, I’m curious… Do you think that God created men to be the spiritual leaders? If so, why? How should this practically look/how do you determine if a man is a spiritual leader? If you don’t think this, why not? And have you found it difficult to hold this view without receiving judgement in your church/Christian circles?