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【雙語園地】首領比對領導 Headman vis-a-vis Leader




韋氏辭典將首領一辭定其義為一位執行者,智慧的權力核心﹐譬如:公司執行長、香港政府特首、美國總統、英國女皇等﹐他/她是領袖,思想與意志的主導者 ,乃是領導力、權柄和榮譽集大成者。




David W.Augsburger 在《人與婚姻》(The Man and His Marriage)中說:


共同生活就是生活共享。共享愛、共享工作、共享機會、共享領導才能,甚至共享初步計策。男人,哪有名稱的首領,可代表二人在公事上履行公開的領導能力。女人,被認同彷如他同等伴侶,可共同引領,非逆他而行﹐他們共同選擇成長。......"(56 頁,For Men Only, J.Allan 編)










Headman vis-a-vis Leader

Francis Loo

The Webster's Dictionary defines "headman" as an executioner. Head is the seat (i.e., the centre) of the intellect. For instance: the director of an institution, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Government, the President of U.S.A., the Queen of U.K. . . . He or she is the leader, chief of the mind and brain—a place of leadership and greatest authority or honor.

Nevertheless, with reference to its meaning in the Bible, headman is not a synonym of leader. He or she ought not to be the sole authority in decisions and directions. Not dominating.

But a leader guides in direction, course, action, opinion, brings or induces influence . . . He or she goes at the head acting or conducting as a leader.

Jesus said to [his apostles]," The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.

But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves" (Luke 22:25-27).

David W. Augsburger in The Man and His Marriage wrote:

". . . Leadership is a function which should always be shared. Authority in one area or another is a responsibility which is mutually designated to one or another through honest negotiation. It can be renegotiated at any time.

Life together is life shared. Shared love, shared work, shared opportunities, shared leadership, even shared initiative. Man, the nominal head, may function officially for both in public matters of leadership. Woman, recognized as his equal in partnership, leads with, and not against him. Together, they choose to grow. . . . "(P56, For Men Only, edited by J. Allan Petersen)

In Ephesians 5:22-33: Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (Emphasis is mine.) Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Paul did not stop here. He then continued:

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. . . .

[E]ach one of [us] also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Therefore, the husband as the head must accept responsibilities and perform certain functions in a marriage relationship in a way that advances both together toward their goals. Leadership may alternate but not a domination. Amen.



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