A post with Fabio as the lead image is worth reading.
In response to my post yesterday about the pending death of the TNIV version of the Scriptures, one of my readers, Joe Louthan, contributed a comment that I thought was worth posting as a separate post and he was gracious to let me share it today. I very much appreciated the tone and manner he shares both his thoughts and presents some straightforward questions so I am obviously asking my readers and commenters to do your usual thing and engage in thoughtful, engaging, and civil engagement.
Here’s his comment:
To you, Eugene and those from the gender neutrality/inclusive camp, may I ask this:
You want the Bible to address both brothers and sisters equally. Yet, the vast majority of the weight of responsibility falls on the men. For our wives, our children and the people we lead. Their lack of spiritual growth falls a little bit on them but most of it is on us. We men have to give account of all the people we were responsible for.
Now, I have not read the TNIV. The NIV, to me, doesn’t read very well. It is a bear for me to read through it. That and the mistranslations are glaring. (I know there is no perfect translation.)
I know or assume that the TNIV did not go through blindly and replace ‘brothers’ with ‘brothers and sisters’, etc..
You say that we there is this push for machismo, Ultimate Fighter Christians and I completely acknowledge that without the Spirit of Christ, that could go wrong in a hurry.
But answer me this, is not the American Church overmothered and underfathered? Futhermore, doesn’t the Bible clearly place the majority of the weight of glory and responsibility on the men?
In short, my answer is, “No.” I do not believe the weight falls exclusively or on the vast majority on men. This, in my opinion, has been part of the problem. God created both men and women for mutuality and partnership. And while I agree that there are men that need to grow up in maturity, spirituality, and responsibility…I can say the very exact same things for women. As we’ve concluded a two year study through the book of Acts, it would be a dire mistake to think that the responsibility falls on men such as Peter and Paul, but rather, the emphasis should be (as you’ve partly acknowledged) on the Holy Spirit. When women and men yield and submit their lives to the Holy Spirit, the Lord’s will and work will be done.
These are my words alone but my fear in reading the trajectory of the worldview in the comment above is that I don’t see how one can’t come to the subtle or not so subtle scary inclination that…
Men are more important.
Enough of my thoughts. Please discuss.