Should Women Be in Jobs Which Place Them Over Men?
Jill s Statement:
“I am a Christian female university student in my mid-20s. I am currently in a Bible college. I want to pursue a Master’s, and I want to be in charge of a library. I have a question. Is this considered “authority?” If I am in charge of a library used by men and women, and in charge of hiring men and women, is this wrong?”
Yes someone who hires people is an authority. If you are hiring men, then you are any authority over men.
The Scriptures tell us that man is to be the head of woman and this is not restricted to just the Church and the Home and would also extend to society in general:
“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.“
1 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV)
In our modern culture we don’t want to admit it but we know it is unnatural for a woman to be in authority over a man. Think male secretary to a female a boss. This is because God designed for man to be over woman in all things.
In the Old Testament we are told that women ruling over men is just as shameful as it would be for children to oppress men:
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.“
Isaiah 3:12 (KJV)
Even the heroine of modern day Christian feminists, Deborah, said this when the cowardly men of Israel insisted that she go into battle with them:
“8 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.
9 And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.”
Judges 4:8-9 (KJV)
We know that Deborah was refering to Jael, the wife of Heber, who eventually killed Sisera. But Deborah talked about the honor being removed from Barak and these other cowardly men for insisting a woman go into battle with them. There was no praise for these men in what they did.
So the second part of the answer to your question is you as a woman should not seek authority over men. Now sometimes because of this sinful world we live in women are sometimes placed over men but Christian women should not seek this out.