Dalrock has another excellent post criticizing the “servant leadership” concept of modern Churchians, link below. However, he too missed the point of a Scriptural passage, focusing on a tangent of Dread Game.
Dalrock quoting Douglas Wilson:
“But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matt. 20:25–26, ESVOpen in Logos Bible Software (if available)).
Those who are great in the kingdom are those who have given themselves away like this. So a man who wants his authority to be recognized in his home—whoever would “be great”—must pursue that authority the way Jesus says to do it. But when he pursues the role of servant, he is pursuing genuine authority. He is not pursuing the status of “nullity” or “milquetoast.” And when he pursues this under the blessing of God, the very first person to see it will be his wife.
No, that is not what Christ meant. Why do Godless men seek power? For the sake of having power, getting the seat of honor and being remembered in the history books. In other words, for his personal benefit. Why should a Godly man seek power? To accomplish deeds, to follow Christ’s example, to raise a healthy family, to do well at his job. In other words, for the benefit of others.
Consider a Colonel in a banana republic. He has a company of soldiers under his command, logistics/wealth, a great deal of power. Living amongst corruption, he is often offered money for mercenary activities, everybody from local governments seeking priority to drug cartels wanting to purchase protection. What should he do with the power he has?
Most such Colonels will act in his own best interest. By the time he retires, he will have a fortified compound staffed with personal retainers. Money, status and harems are what he deserves because he’s a Colonel! He’s too busy looking out for himself to care about the long-term consequences of his actions.
The Christian Colonel, however, understands that responsibility came with his position. He must defend taxpayers in general and his nation from foreign threats specifically. He might still take mercenary work–he might well need to, to feed his men–but he is guided by a purpose outside of himself. The world doesn’t revolve around him.
Mission focus. The mission comes first. That was the point Christ was getting at. It is also a major sexual difference. Women are solipsistic; they seek power to hoard power, to patch their personal weaknesses, for their benefit. Men want to accomplish, to do things outside himself that will outlast him like the works of a sculptor.
Wilson is the Godless Colonel. He’s a winner in his society and if you want to have success like him then you need to become a winner, too! But unsaid is that if you actually try, well, the company can have only one Colonel and he’ll assassinate the upstart before risking replacement.
By contrast, the Christian Colonel isn’t threatened by the success of others. He doesn’t want to get killed/replaced either but understands that he can’t hold his position forever and will look after his own interests only after securing his chosen mission’s success.
What is the significance of this for the common MGTOW with no position in society? Mission focus. Develop a skill or position or bank account or something that can be of use to others and then seek a worthy student.
Martial artists teach that mastering an art involves three steps: Learn It, Do It, Teach It. Christ’s example of discipleship follows the same recipe. Seek power and proficiency and however much you achieve, use it for the benefit of others. This is selfishness, not selflessness. You are learning, doing and teaching what you want for who you like. Neither Christ nor MGTOW philosophy has any use for a martyr.
It’s your life, see? Spend it however you want but SPEND IT before Death takes it away. Do this and you’ll be Christ’s ideal of a leader even if nobody follows.
Christ reiterated His above teaching with the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, Luke 16:1-9:
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg— I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
“‘Nine hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”
This parable bothered me for a long time. It sounded like God was endorsing criminal conduct. The correct understanding is not whether the original accusation against the manager was accurate; it was that the manager made use of the authority he had, while he had the opportunity, to improve his own situation by improving the situations of others.