On Wednesday, CNN reported that the City of Paris is being fined for violating the “Sauvadet law,” because they have too many women in management positions.
That’s right. In a world where women still struggle to be seen as equal to men, France, which I’ve always considered a fairly progressive country, is telling Paris they have too many women in positions of authority. How is that possible?
To paraphrase the immortal words of Bill Engvall, “France, Here’s Your Sign.”
Or, as Forest Gump would say, “Stupid Is as Stupid Does.”
But while it is always easy and enjoyable to make fun of France, I have to admit, the United States has a long way to go.
Yes, we have finally elected a female vice president. Yes, the number of female CEOs for Fortune 500 corporations has hit a new high of 37. Yes, in medical school, the ratio is now 50.5 percent female to 49.4 percent men. All of those are positive but I still see a lot of lip service.
Take my own denomination as an example. United Methodists profess to believe in male and female clergy. But as I look at the majority of large church senior pastors, the vast majority are male. And the church I serve has never had a female senior pastor (not that I want that to happen anytime soon.)
Nobody who knows me would ever say that I am a left leaning liberal. In fact, the church staff is convinced I am Ron Swanson from the Parks and Recreation television series. But even though I have never confessed to be an enlightened individual, I can see scripture is crystal clear that God is not concerned about how we are physically equipped, God is concerned with our willingness to be used for a divine purpose.
This is why Paul said, “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:28-29)
So never let your gender define and limit you. God has called you to be more than you can possibly imagine. And with God, the possibilities are endless.
Always remember the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary, “For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, make me be blind in seeing others primarily by gender, race, nationality, or ideology. Remove any bias from me and allow me to see everyone as equals. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
The most remarkable people are those that go on to achieve when the world says no. Be one of those people.
In God’s eyes, your gender will never produce needless limits. Unless you live in France. Then all bets are off.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.