WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

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By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Women in leadership has become more prominent in recent years; is it because man is giving up his biblical role of leadership or Bible prophecy being fulfillment:  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 cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths (Isaiah 3:12).

A Bible commentary noted: As children was not an age factor but in understanding with an oppressive nature.  Women ruling over them referred to those who exerted great influence over their husbands. Having persuasive powers that caused the people to depart from the right way by taking the key of knowledge from them.  Women injected their leadership was through their husbands; who held key positions of authority of importance, and heeded their persuasion and advice.


Woman in Leadership Previous
Containment

A Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Edition of 1856, stated that women cannot be elected representatives of the people, nor be appointed to the offices of judge, attorney at law, sheriff, constable, nor can they vote at any election.

Obviously, one does not support such containment towards womanhood; however, we are now seeing an abundance of women in leadership positions previously held by men.  It does stir the imagination as why this is happening!

Biblical Example
of the Influence of Women

Scripture gives us an example of how a woman's influence can be of a wrong nature, as that of Jezebel's influence over her husband, King Ahab:  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 (or incited) (1 Kings 21:25).  

Jezebel's role as a aggressive and domineering woman, came to an end when another was appointed king over Israel who was not under here persuasive powers; commanding that she be thrown out of the palace window, to her death.

There are many biblical references towards godly women, of a completely different deportment, whose influence was of a godly nature toward those who held positions of authority and leadership.

Women in Leadership
Today

Scripture reveals: Your tongue devises mischief (or plans destruction); like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.  You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to work righteousness.  You love devouring words, O you deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever, he will take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and root you of the land of the living (Psalm 52:2-5).

Those words; though not necessarily addressed to womanhood, were uttered as a caution to the wicked.  There are women in leadership today who are attempting to undermine; rather than benefit society, through devious means, and utilizing their positions of authority to do so.

Daughters of Zion
Proud and Arrogant

Scripture reveals: Moreover the Lord said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty (or proud), and walk with stretched forth necks (or heads held high) and wanton (or seductive) eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.  Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover (or uncover) their secret parts (Isaiah 3:17).

A Bible commentary noted: The arrogant and fashionable women of Jerusalem were condemned by the prophet Isaiah for being more interested in the latest fashion than the spiritual well being of the nation and would perish with the men of Judah.

Woman not to Usurp Authority
Over the Man

The Apostle Paul wrote: I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp (or have) authority over the man but be in silence (1 Timothy 2:12).  A Bible commentary noted: Suffer not a woman to teach was in reference to teaching in the church; which would be an act of power and authority over 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 her to do this (as women in leadership) would be to usurp authority over the man.

Motivation for Seeking
Leadership

Women in leadership promotes even greater concern when the motivation for seeking such is of the wrong nature.  There is an inroad to destruction if such seek to undermine, rather than enhance, the democratic structure of a nation. 

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, and destroy the way of your paths (Isaiah 3:12)!  Children are their oppressors and women rule over them indicates the utter failure of male leadership to take their biblical and lawful place in society.

Women in Leadership Demand
for Equality

Women in leadership is a turning point in history as we are seeing many government positions (formerly held by men) now under leadership of a woman. 

The 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 was in the making; even as far back as the days of Isaiah who uttered those prophetic words. 

Undermining of the Word
of God

The Apostle Paul addressing the role of women, said: Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression (1 Timothy 2:14).  A Bible commentary noted: God could have created the woman first or both at the same time; but He did not, as it was always His intention for man to lead and woman to follow.

As women in leadership seek to dominate the role of man; there is an undermining of the Word of God, and the status of womanhood; to dominate rather than being submissive.  There is an imprint of modernism coming into focus that bypasses the standards of yesteryear; as well as Biblical instruction.

Women in Leadership
Elected to Positions of Authority

Women in leadership are beginning to dominate the scene; as more become appointed, or elected, to local, state, and federal positions of authority.  Women who hold leadership positions can cause concern; after having gained positions of authority,  influence others to walk away from godly paths.  Many profess Christianity but their mannerism does not promote such a concept.

Scripture reveals: A good tree cannot bring evil (or bad) fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn (or cut) down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them (Matthew 7:18-20).  This was speaking of false prophets but could readily be applied to those in leadership as well.

Wrong Leadership Instilled

It is amazing how rapidly once godly nations can become of a lesser category when wrong leadership is instilled.  We see this in biblical times as different kings reigned; some for the good of the nation, with others promoting evil.

Women in leadership was not a direct problem at that particular point in time; but still had significant influence over those who held positions of authority; as mentioned concerning Jezebel to King Ahab.  On the other side of the coin is the virtuous woman.

Scripture reveals: Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price (or worth) is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land (Proverbs 31:23). Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (Proverbs 31:28).  Not of a woman of leadership status but very instrumental to all she came in contact with, reflecting a godly deportment.

Intended Role of Men
in Leadership

Scripture reveals God's intended role of men in leadership: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them 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).

Later Moses spoke of leadership of men, in saying: Take you wise men, of understanding, and known among the tribes, and I will make them rulers over you (Deuteronomy 1:12-13).  Many other references as to the role of men in leadership is mentioned in God's Word which is written in a masculine sense; which does not advocate women in leadership.

Rule and Authority Over
One's Fellowman

A Bible commentary noted: Ruling is not only according to the laws of the land but according to the law of God; having His fear before the eyes to whom they are accountable.  This admonishment is to all who are counted worthy to exercise rule and authority over their fellowman.

However, this was cast aside in many instances because the leader was serving other gods, or himself, and not concerned about the God of Creation; or judgment that would one day hold them accountable.  Scripture reveals: 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 the living God (Hebrews 10:31).  For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

Leadership of a Nation

Scripture reveals: Obey them that have rule over 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 a nation; if they rule wrongfully, it is even more needful to pray that God will bring them to understanding of their ill-conceived ways. Leadership can be instrumental as to whether a nation rises or falls.

Scripture reveals: 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 (Psalm 33:12-14). Proper and godly leadership is a must in the hour and times in which we live.

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