Equal and Complementary – an illustration
This picture represents Complementarianism for me.
The husband and the wife in perfect unity and balance, creating something together that is beautiful and harmonious and uplifting.
They are both completely equal partners and yet they have two distinct roles.
His leadership role is not being used to crush or dominate or to have his way or to push her down. Quite the opposite. His role is to serve and to bear the weight and to place himself underneath as the strong foundation so that she can soar.
For him to do that, her role is to respect the responsibility he has, submit to his self-sacrificial leadership and trust in him to uphold her.
He is not an ogre.
She is not a doormat.
They are both equal and complementary.