The #MeToo movement is revealing the brokenness of men in every generation and in every walk of life. The outrage against misogyny may have first gained prominence as powerful men in Hollywood were brought to account, but now the spotlight of accounting is being pointed on men all across the board, including pastors and religious leaders, and rightfully so.
I read an article this week that contained this powerful quote from well-known author Beth Moore warning that…
“This broken system will not mend if men are simply and well-meaningly trained to view women as damsels in distress” that they must protect. “This ideology still produces Supermen. Not healthy brothers,” she warned. Moore said protecting and defending is good, but what is needed for a healthy relationship in a family is “mutual respect.”
“Don’t save us, then refuse to listen to what we have to say. Don’t deliver us, then dismiss us. Don’t show us the way, then shoo us away. Work with us. Serve with us. See what value we have.”
Jesus was the Great Champion for women’s rights. His actions and teachings all elevated the women around him. In him, Paul told us, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28).
Men, let’s examine our lives and our actions. If we need to make things right because of past words or actions, then let’s humbly apologize without reservation. God’s image and character are reflected in women just as they are in men. Let’s honor our sisters and embrace the value and respect which God accords them.
On the adventure with you,