I’m blogging about nothing to do with the New Year. While I was catching up with people on a social media site, there was a photo of a husband reading the Luke 2 Christmas story to his family. Someone replied with this: “I can‘t truly express how beautiful this picture is. A man being the spiritual leader of his family.”
Sigh. Bang head against wall. Ouch.
So…apparently reading the Bible to your family makes you the spiritual leader? Thus if a mom/wife reads the Bible to her family that would make her the spiritual leader too, right? Uh-oh. According to some, a woman should not be the spiritual leader. Therefore, the mom/wife had better avoid all Bible reading to her family as she will be usurping her role and becoming leader! Yes, the biblical family following biblical roles will make sure the woman never reads the Bible to her family.
Would it be okay for the woman to read the Bible to her family if her husband hands her the Bible and tells her to do it? I suppose that might be okay. So, under the supervision and direction of her husband this would be fine. Or if the husband is not around and only the kids, would it then be okay for the mom to take the initiative and read the Bible to her kids?
If a man reading the Bible to his family elicited the response of “I can‘t truly express how beautiful this picture is. A man being the spiritual leader of his family” – shouldn’t the response to a mom/wife reading the Bible to her family also be “I can‘t truly express how beautiful this picture is. A woman being the spiritual leader of her family.” But no, I think not!! Rather it would be something like “oh how sweet, mom reading the Bible to the family.”
How is it that a man and woman doing the SAME thing
are NOT doing the same thing?!?! Help me out here.
Yes, I am being downright snarky! And don’t miss my point. It is certainly wonderful to see a man reading the Bible to his family! This is a good thing. But why does this have to be turned into some gender role issue or spiritual leadership thing?!
That’s all. Happy New Year!
Update, January 2020: This blogger delves into this issue in a deeper way. I hope you will read her thoughtful post:
In Search of Male Leadership: The Logical Inconsistency of Defining a Man’s Initiative in One Way and a Woman’s in Another