I want to continue to try to answer a question that reader Stephen asked me a few weeks ago. Here is the question.
Everyone talks about women wanting guys who “lead”, who “aren’t pushovers,” who “aren’t nice guys,” etc. Question: what does this mean in the context of DATING. NOT MARRIAGE. Its fairly obvious what this means for married men. But when I’m asking a woman out for the first, second, or third time, the only things we’re going to disagree over, or have to decide together, are whether we’re going to Chipotle or Olive Garden. What if I really don’t give a darn? How am I supposed to “lead” while I’m casually dating a girl? I’m not an integral part of her life, I’m not her primary counselor, I’m not even likely to be *informed* about serious decisions that she has to make.
I tackled the general nice guy question previously, but I think Stephen raises a very interesting question when it comes to leadership.
First of all, let’s clear a couple of things up. Nowhere in the bible is the phrase spiritual leader used. It’s kind of inferred in several places but we’ve sort of created this phrase so that we don’t have to use words like headship. But regardless of all of that, and no matter what you call it, when you are dating someone, you are not her spiritual leader or head of anything. You are not saddled with that and you don’t have to love her as Christ loved the church (any more or less than you would any other person) and she is not called to submit to your leadership. Ephesians 5 is not about dating.