Yesterday, I talked about how it’s hard to let men be our leaders in society, especially if they are not Christians. If this patriarchy thing grabbed hold of our country and women lost their rights, would we have any hope? History and other societies have shown us that men fail women, over and over again, we get hurt, we get mistreated and we get made into a lower class.
But where there is God there is always hope. Our hope should always be in God only and our God is a God of order not chaos. He designs and creates and He has complete authority over His creation at all times. God ordains (orders) all that comes to pass according to His desires, His own plans. It’s God who orders all that is and all that isn’t. He orders life. So let’s take a closer look at how God has chosen to order life.
He sets up order in particular spheres of life. In the family there is order between the husband and the wife. The husband is to lead and the wife is to submit. The children are to submit and to obey both of their parents.
In society, there are people who lead us, who have authority over us and God tells us we are to submit to their authority.
In the church, God ordains (orders) and He sets apart various people with various roles to play, they have authority amidst the church community and we submit to this authority.
In the Old Testament, God set apart priests, prophets and kings. They were to be shepherds – to lead, to guide and to protect the people of God. We know that they failed. They knew that Jesus was coming and that He would be the good shepherd, the priest, the prophet, and the king who would not fail.
In the new covenant, this notion of order exists. Paul calls himself an apostle, as one who’s been appointed to be a teacher. His ordination set him apart to be used in the church, for the church. Paul ordains elders in the church, their role is to shepherd, to oversee. Timothy was ordained to be a pastor.
And as we’re looking at God’s order, we see He made men into the leaders and women were to have different jobs such as taking care of the family, teachers, or to be evangelists. Over and over again, He chose men to be the kings, He chose to make Christ a man, He chose Peter and Paul to be our apostles. We can trust God and it looks to me like God chooses men to be leaders. So I’d have to say patriarchy is definitely worthwhile and worth pursuing because that is how God orders life.
This is a bit of a different topic, but related. If our society became anti-Christian, God has given us a powerful tool to fight with that won’t go away ever. God has given us the church and He’s equipped the church with gifts to help it. He’s given the church a strong foundation of the bible and the word of God, He’s given the church the Holy Spirit and prayer, He gives the church evangelists so that our numbers grow stronger. He gives the church pastors and teachers so we can grow into the fullness of Christ. He’s given the church elders who are to shepherd and lead us in our decisions. We are not left alone if society decides to go against Christ.
- Is Patriarchy Worthwhile in a Non-Christian Society? (passionatechristianmarriage.wordpress.com)