Grow Up!: Weekend PollBy: wheatmeister
We’ve heard the talks to the priesthood about Peter Pan syndrome: grown men who still play video games and live in their parents’ garages, not taking adult responsibilities seriously, and not taking the initiative to get married. Likewise, there have been posts in the bloggernacle about the infantilisation of women in the church: male leaders and husbands protecting women, not letting them hold meetings without a man around, limiting their choices, requiring priesthood sign off for all decisions, and encouraging passivity in how YW manuals are written.
While the tendency to delay adulthood may be related to societal trends in general, does the church prolong childishness through rules and limitations on trust? Do we really mean it when we say “I am a child of God”?
Does the church treat members like children? (choose up to 3 answers)
- Church leadership and culture treats members like children and fosters infantile behavior. (53%, 52 Votes)
- Church HQ is too controlling; local leaders vary greatly. (42%, 42 Votes)
- Women are treated like children and talked down to. Men are not. (26%, 26 Votes)
- Society in general infantilises people more than the church does. (19%, 19 Votes)
- Some local leaders are too controlling; the church HQ is not. (14%, 14 Votes)
- No, the church gives all of us great responsibility to teach and lead with little oversight. (11%, 11 Votes)
- The church strikes a good balance between limits on power and empowerment. (9%, 9 Votes)
- Men are treated like children and talked down to. Women are not. (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 99