Temporary Authority

There’re different forms of authority that we need to learn to submit to. When we volunteer for a project, we have to respect the instructions & guidelines set by the project organisers.

Sure, nobody’s paying you to do volunteer work. You may even feel that you have a better way of doing things; but if everyone ran off & did it their own way, the only result is chaos. Then instead of doing good, you’re really just getting in the way of others.

If you strongly believe that you have a better way of doing things, then approach the organisers & discuss about implementing your method. If it’s decided that it’s not feasible, then listen to them for they are the temporary authority in place.

The Only Real Free Gift

Got a bracelet as a “free gift” when i bought some SKII products recently. I think everyone knows that’s an oxymoron and contradiction. After all, it’s not really free cos i paid for some products before i got the bracelet thrown in. But during the Lord’s supper just now, it occurred to me that the only true free gift is when Christ died for us. We didn’t fork out a single cent. We don’t have to lift a finger. Every thing is given to us. We just need to believe and accept the gift.

Men & Women

Saw this on Weibo today. 

一个温顺女人变得泼辣,一定是男人不争气,她不得不出头。一个纯洁、清高女人变得恶俗,一定是男人档次不够高。相反,一个平庸女人,相貌变得可爱,眼睛变得灵光,举手投足变得有风度,一定有一个好男人。男人要知道,女人的美有你一半的功劳,她的丑也有你一半的过错。

A bit difficult to translate word for word but it essentially says that when a gentle woman becomes bitchy, it’s ‘cos her man was lacking and she had to speak out.  When a pure & noble woman becomes domineering & detestable, it’s ‘cos her man did not meet the grade.  Conversely, an ordinary woman who becomes loveable & generous, is ‘cos of a good man.  Men should know that a woman’s beauty is half your credit, and her ugly side is half your doing.

During today’s sermon in church, the speaker raised the question of whether the early church (according to Paul’s instructions) permitted women teachers and leaders.  Despite Paul’s comment in 1 Tim 2 about women to be quiet & not to teach nor have authority over men, we do know, however, that Paul permitted women to prophesy & pray in church (1 Cor 11), and Paul also worked alongside Priscilla, thus showing his approval of women leaders.

The speaker’s final take was that the man is the head of the household.  When it comes to church & ministry, it is not wrong for women to do God’s work.  If there is no man who can do the work, then let the woman do it. 

I don’t know if that would be read with a tinge of sexism but if I were to rephrase in my own words what the speaker’s conclusion was, I would say let the best person do the job.  This, is my personal belief. 

With regard to the man always being the head of the household, this brings me back to what I read on Weibo.  I’m not saying that a woman can blame the man for her shortcomings because we all need to take responsibility for our behaviour.  However, I strongly believe that if a man wants to be the head of the household, he must show that he is better than the woman – stronger, more capable, more patient, more knowledgeable, more responsible. 

You know, when the bible says, “wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as you do to the Lord” (Ephesians 5), it doesn’t mean that men can use this to rule roughshod over their wives.  I would like to emphasise the line, “as you do to the Lord”.  Why do women submit to the Lord?  It is because God is ever righteous, ever loving, ever faithful.  When a woman submits to the Lord, His perfect grace brings out the best in her.  Therefore, men, if you want to be the head of the household, if you want a gentle, pure, noble, lovable & generous wife, then work on yourself first.

Men (Christian men especially) should never say that they do not need to take on responsibilities because their wives are strong.  If your wife is strong, if your wife is capable, then you just need to work on doing better.  This, is after all what God ordained.