Jeff Pollard on Biblical Headship
Hey! American men! Step it up ’cause you’re not leading your home biblically well enough!
The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches (NCFIC) posted a video of Jeff Pollard, explaining biblical headship. Jeff Pollard is elder (that means pastor in family-integrated churchspeak) at Mt. Zion Bible Church, Pensacola, Florida. He is the author Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America (which is currently available at Amazon for $.01).
The video is short, which makes me wonder if it’s a snippet of a talk that Mr. Pollard has recorded. Even though it’s short, there’s much to digest.
Mr. Pollard starts with:
When God appoints a man to be the head it’s to be the husband of his wife and to love her as Christ loved the church. That’s an astonishing requirement. Who’s sufficient for these things? And to try to get the modern American male to understand what it means to live as a self-sacrificing head of a wife is still a great challenge.
Mr. Pollard thinks exactly what I think, “That’s an astonishing requirement.” I truly feel for men who live with this appointment and requirement. I can only think that it is incredibly stressful to have that much to carry on your shoulders.
What exactly does “biblical headship” mean to Mr. Pollard? It seems that dads (really no mention of being a husband in here) are supposed to provide children with a “God-saturated world” and a “Christ-centered life.” How do dads do this? Through scripture reading and prayer. Oh, and sprinkle homeschooling on top to call it good (almost good).
Even with the Bible reading, prayer, and homeschooling, it still seems that men are not living up to the standard of biblical headship because Mr. Pollard ends with:
So dads, they [children] are important. And I see signs that some of them are growing, but I don’t see enough, even in some of the age-integrated circles. So that’s a very real concern for me.
Thank you for your concern, Mr. Pollard, and for dealing with it by offering a vague explanation of “biblical headship.” American men, I’m sorry, but you are a bunch of poor saps because this elder doesn’t think you’ve got what it takes to do the job of providing biblical headship over your family. Try as hard as you like, you’ll never measure up to the standard made up in this guy’s head.