In which a song is seen to trash its own system.

My biggest problem with the song “Lead Me” by Sanctus Real is that it sounds like the song “You Lead” by Jamie Grace.

In both, a woman is asking to be led. She can’t live life, or be fulfilled, without leadership. But one song is talking about a husband and one is talking about God. Those really shouldn’t sound much alike. Yes, a woman should feel a hole in her life, a need for outside help. She should want to be led.

But handing that role to a man instead of God is called idolatry. Men should be feeling the same need, the same desperate desire for the Creator.

“Lead Me” reveals the weakness of its own system by having the wife and children repeat the same plea to the man, who turns around to say those words to God.

Basing role on sex instead of on gifts ends up defining women by what they cannot do–a childlike role of enforced submission rather than equal submission from both parties.

In this system, women and men are equal in value but different in worth. Make sense? No.

God laid out a pattern for men and women to follow. This pattern is called (you know what I’m going to say) Jesus. Follow up instructions said, “Submit yourselves to each other. Husbands, love your wives and submit to them. Wives, also submit. You guys are like one body now.” (That’s Ephesians, my paraphrase.)

A wife is treated like a child because she is a woman, and a husband is treated like God because he is a man. That’s not how it was meant to be.

 

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One thought on “In which a song is seen to trash its own system.

  1. Adam Pruden says:

    Hey Liz, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts of the the last while – just a question out of curiosity on this one:

    “’Lead Me’ reveals the weakness of its own system by having the wife and children repeat the same plea to the man.”

    I understand your position on Complementarianism, but do you believe that children (or parishioners for that matter) should not desire to be led? I’m pretty much an Existentialist (I still believe in inspiration – of the original manuscripts – only), but I still have room in my system for authority. Would it be wrong for a gifted child to submit to his parents, even if they are less gifted?

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