The "Three Wise Women" plaque... perhaps you've seen it come up in your Facebook News Feed or a Pinterest Board. I first saw it yesterday and after the initial chuckle I got, I thought a little deeper about it and the not-so-subtle message it conveys.
To some, this will come across as a mere rant... consider yourself warned. Nonetheless, I hope my thoughts permeate and remain with you. Read and consider the words here in this image of the "three wise women" plaque...
Now, let me say my peace and then I'll move on to other, perhaps more important, things today. :-)
Believe me, the light-hearted sentiment of this is not lost on me; like I said, it made me chuckle. However, do we really need to perpetuate the Western cultural cynicism that men are hapless, helpless Neanderthals who require the hand-holding of a woman to simply get out the door in the morning?
I don't think so, and I'm willing to guess that you really don't either, regardless of your gender.
There is an intrinsic desire in every man to lead, to build, and to be great. There is also an intrinsic principle in every woman to follow that man, in lock step, side-by-side, conquering their world together.
The feminization of our society, beginning with the Industrial Revolution when men were at home far less than before, has subsequently led to women saying, "lead, or get out of the way." Unfortunately, by and large, men have accepted the latter as the easier choice to make.
It might be the easier choice, but it is not the right choice.
[End of rant.]
Men, join me... step up, man up, lead, live deliberately, and give every reason in the world for the makers of this plaque to blush in embarrassment.
Charlie Lyons has worked in local church ministry and non-profit administration for more than ten years. He is the senior pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ontario and is passionate about making disciples who make disciples.