This is a response to Dave Warnock's post "Choice and Freedom of Male Headship". This is the main gist of it:
"Male Headship and Freedom of Choice for Women: they are alternatives, you cannot have both at the same time."
Freedom of Choice. That's a human right isn't it? We should all be free to choose. Most of the time, we (in the West, at least) are free to make lots of choices.
We are free to choose what to eat for breakfast.
We are free to choose what clothes we wear.
We are free to choose who we pursue relationships with.
But I believe that when Jesus calls me to surrender my all to Him, I do not have the liberty of withholding my rights.
I am free to choose revenge,
but Jesus calls for forgiveness.
I am free to choose greed,
but Jesus calls for generosity.
I am free to choose malice,
but Jesus calls for gentleness.
To follow Jesus, I must daily lay down my right to Freedom of Choice and say "not my will, but yours". I propose that this statement is therefore true:
Following Jesus and Freedom of Choice: they are alternatives, you cannot have both at the same time.
So the question that remains is "does Jesus call for elders to be male, and for wives to submit to their husbands?"
[Update 24/06/11: Please read my comment below (the second comment) for clarification of what I'm trying to say here]