From the Pastor
It’s election time soon, and we have just had International Women’s Day, so talk of quotas is rife.
I am all for equality, as we read in Genesis 1, male and female are equally made in God’s image. In short the Biblical view is that men and women are made different, equal, and they complement each other. From these principles, it is instinctive to assume that political leadership, like familial leadership, would benefit from maternal as well as paternal input.
The question is: ‘Are quotas the best strategy to bring equality?’ I suspect not, on two fronts. When we use the word equality, do we seek equality of opportunity, or equality of outcome? Quotas assume that equality means equality of outcome. We must have equal representation of female politicians, CEOs etc.
I am not against equal representation per se, but as far as principles go, I am most for the principle that the best person gets the job. If the best person is male or female it matters not. If our culture has a patriarchal heritage that means males are more likely to put themselves forward for positions of leadership, and will be over represented in the present, my response is that the best solution is time and patience. Cultural change takes time, and social engineering is a risky and arrogant pastime.
The second reservation I have is that equality is often taken to mean homogeneity. The biblical picture is that not only different individuals, but different genders have diverse gifting. We are all gifted and called to serve. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…” (Colossians 3:23)
I’m proud of New Pen’s heritage of women and men together serving God.