Biologist William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity, so he looked at what chickens laid more eggs. Chickens live in groups, so he took, from an average group of chickens, only the most productive – you could call them superchickens – for a superflock, and each generation, he selected only the most productive for breeding.
After six generations the first group, the average group, was doing just fine. They were plump and fully feathered and egg production had increased dramatically. In the second group, all but three were dead. They’d pecked the rest to death.
Some people say that Christianity is a pecking order with God at the top, then men, then women. The voice everyone should follow belong to men – women should submit one-sidedly and be silent. They talk of an “order of creation” and “roles” that allow some to be on top and compete, while the others stay hidden, at home and in line. Some people are hammers and chisels, others are getting hammered and chiselled, as in this drawing from Bill Gothard’s material.
But Jesus said not to lord it over others, God in heaven is our only teacher, rabbi and Father. He himself came to be “the servant of us all.” It is not just the heart that should tell you that lording it over others is not the ideal. The head – statistics, reason and experiment – shows the same thing.