Women in a
leadership role has become more prevalent in these latter years; sometimes with
an aggressive, domineering, opinionated, and combative nature, inserting their
status to enhance whatever agenda they are promoting! Has man giving up his
biblical role of leadership?
A Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Edition of 1856, stated that women cannot be elected representative of the people, nor be appointed to the offices of judge, attorney at law, sheriff, constable, or any other office, unless expressly authorized by law, nor allowed to vote. Obviously, one does not support such containment towards womanhood; however, we are seeing an abundance of positions, once considered a man's role, now filled by women!
The Prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord, said: As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead you cause you to err (to led astray), and destroy the way of your paths (Isaiah 3:12).
It was noted that they were as children, but not in age, in understanding with an oppressive nature. Women ruling over them referred to those who exerted great influence. Having persuasive powers they caused the people to depart from the right way by taking the key of knowledge from them. Their injected leadership was through their husbands who heeded their persuasion and advice!
Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, was of such a nature. Scripture reveals: There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness, in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up (incited) (1 Kings 21:25). Her role, of a vile nature, came to an end when another was appointed king over Israel who was not under her persuasive power and commanded her to be thrown out of the palace window to her death.
The Psalmist wrote: Your tongue devises mischief (plans destruction); like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to work righteousness. You love all devouring words, O you deceitful tongue (Psalm 52:2-4).
Those words; though not necessarily addressed to womanhood, were uttered as a caution to the wicked. There are women in leadership role today who attempt to undermine; rather than benefit society, through devious means, and utilizing positions of authority to do so!
Apostle Paul wrote of a women in leadership role, saying: I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp (have) authority over the man but be in silence (1 Timothy 2:12). It was noted to suffer not a woman to teach was in reference to teaching in a church; which would be an act of power and authority to those being taught!
Not to usurp authority over man, was in reference to civil and political things, or in that which related to civil government and in things domestic. For a woman to take upon herself to do this would be to usurp authority over the man.
A woman in leadership role does promote a concern when the motivation for seeking such responsibility is of the wrong nature. There is an inroad to destructive nature if they seek to undermine, rather than enlarge, the democratic structure of a nation. There is concern when such seek to plant immorality into the makeup of a nation rather than morality.
Again, the words of the Prophet Isaiah, in speaking the words of the Lord: As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead you cause you to err (be led astray), and destroy the ways of your paths (Isaiah 3:12). Women rule over them indicates a failure of male leadership in a society!
The women in leadership role indicate a turning point in history as gains are made in a domineering manner. We are seeing more women, than in previously years, performing in previously man held positions!
Prophet Isaiah spoke of a time that seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach (Isaiah 4:1); a demand for equality can be found in those words which is not biblical based.
Apostle Paul addressed the role of the woman, in saying: Adam was first formed, then Eve. Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:13-14). It was noted that God could have created the women first or both at the same time; but He did not, as it was always His intention for man to lead and the women to follow.
As women seek to dominate the role of men; there is an undermining of the Word of God, in the status of womanhood! There is an imprint of modernism coming into focus that bypasses the standards of yesteryear and Biblical instruction.
Women in leadership role is coming more prevalent; as more become elected, or appointed, to local, state, and federal positions of authority. If all were of a godly nature it would not be as much of a concern; but many have attained stature in positions of authority to inject the wrong influence. Many profess Christianity but their mannerism does not promote such.
Jesus said: A good tree cannot bring evil
(bad) fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:18);
wherefore by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:20). This was speaking of false prophets but could
readily be applied to those in a leadership role as well!
Scripture reveals God’s intended role of men in leadership: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth (Genesis 1:26). Moses spoke of the leadership of men, as directed by God, in saying: Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among the tribes, and I will make them rulers over you (Deuteronomy 1:12-13).
It was noted that ruling was not only according to the laws of the land, but according to the law of God; having His fear before the eyes to which they are accountable! This admonishment is involved to all who would be counted worthy to exercise rule and authority of their fellowman!
However, it is being cast aside, due to leaders who are serving other gods, or themselves, not concerned about the God of all Creation. Scripture gives warning: It is appointed to men once to die but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God (Hebrews 10:31); for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
Those in a leadership role need to realize their responsibility towards what is good for the people and the nation they serve. Will they bring a reproach or nourishment to that nation? Will they stay in tune to biblical instruction or attempt to dictate their own pre-conceived agenda? Will they seek to dominate rather than be just in leadership? Questions those in leadership should be concerned about!
Scripture reveals: Obey them that have rule over (lead) you, and submit yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give an account, that they may do so with joy, and not grief; for that is unprofitable for you (Hebrews 13:17).
It is important to pray for the leadership of the nation; if they are wrongfully ruling, then it is even more important to pray that God will bring them to understanding of their ill-conceived ways! Proper leadership is of upmost importance to any nation and its future.
Leadership; whether direct or indirect, can be instrumental in whether a nation rises or falls. There is an inroad being laid that is bringing many nations out of fellowship with God! Laws and rulings are being made, of women and men alike, that are crucial to a nation’s spiritual health or lack thereof.
The Psalmist wrote: Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people he has chosen for his own inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven; he beholds the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashions their hearts alike (individually), he considers (understands) all their works (Psalm 33:12-15).
The Lord brings the counsel of the heathen (nations) to nought; he makes the devices (plans) of the people to no effect (Psalm 33:10). Apostle Paul revealed: Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. He that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).
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