Pastor Jim Melvin
Most of the people who I know like it when men and women work together with mutual respect and mutual recognition. Me too! Most of the people who I know believe that different men and women contribute their own unique skills and abilities to the workplace. Me too! Most of the people who I know believe that no one should be harassed or assaulted due to their gender or because their rank or position makes them vulnerable. Me too! The Bible affirms that God created men and women as partners in life’s journey. Me too!
I’m not trying to co-opt the title of the #MeToo movement for my own ends or minimize its importance. The #MeToo movement was born out of the need to address widespread incidents of sexual harassment that had been too long tolerated in our culture. The #MeToo movement is not a matter of political correctness. The women and men who identify with and participate in the movement have raised our awareness and have accomplished much in bringing justice for abused women, especially in the workplace. Much yet remains to be done. I would add my own “me too” to their mission.
But I also want to add my personal “me too” to all of the men and women I see living working together around me who already embody the biblical partnership to which I have referred. Here are some of the positive things I see going on around me.
1) I see women, many of them young, working and advancing in careers once reserved for men. I see women construction workers, truck drivers, doctors, lawyers, pastors, scientists, pilots, soldiers, CEO’s etc., etc., etc., who are competing and succeeding in the workplace.
2) I see men accepting, supporting, trusting and relying upon women coworkers in all of these jobs.
3) I see men and women paying attention to their language and behaviors out of respect for one another.
4) I see all of us relating together comfortably in social settings with the understanding that not every man/woman interaction needs to be sexualized.
We are witnessing the birth of a new age in the way men and women relate to each other and work with each other; but we’re still in a painful time of transition. The Apostle Paul said 2,000 years ago in another time of societal and religious transformation, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” Do you want to be a part of the new creation? Me too!