The role of gender, like most of the values of Western civilization, is in the throes of confusion and redefinition.
There has been a war declared on gender for decades now and we are seeing the ever-progressing insistence that “our rights” should trump God’s order for things.
Let’s start things off with this wonderfully explained definition:
What does the Bible say about gender?
“God states, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…male and female, he created them” (Genesis 1:26,27 KJV). When God created people, gender was a basis for which we were to bear his likeness. Apart from the obvious differences in the physical nature of gender (man and woman), he also gave the concepts of spiritual gender—the way we feel and behave in response to stimuli—to correspond to the man and the woman he created. When we speak of the terms “masculinity” and “femininity,” we are referring to these feelings and behaviors. Men are expected to be masculine and women are expected to be feminine, though it is also possible for men and women to possess qualities characteristic of the opposite gender. However, their primary spiritual makeup will be in line with their physical gender. Because both men and women are relational beings created in his image, gender is a means through which God reflects his spiritual balance with more genders here on earth.” (CBN.com, Dr. David E. James)
CULTURES GENDER WAR
It appears it has become a “Women vs. Men” or “Us against them” and even more disturbing, “anything goes mentality with transgenderism” too? The focus will be on the feministic worldview and exposing its true colors moreso. Recent trends with feminism.
Therefore, we now see an increasing ushering in of generational, social and economic competition between career-working mothers and stay-at-home moms, women taking on more leadership positions, and stay-at-home dads for example and in modern mainstream as well as within the walls of some churches too.
Feminism is apparently: “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.”
Equality means; sameness.
We are not exactly the same as men though.
We will see the distortions this brings below…
I have heard many arguments coming from both sides of the coin through the years. I’d simply like to examine some extremes of this movement and test them against scripture.
Equal Standing Before God
The Bible shows that neither the man nor the woman has a special advantage in being a Christian. Christ does not choose men in preference to women, or relate to men more directly. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 4:28). It is true that women are dependent upon men, yet it is equally true that men are dependent upon women. “Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11:11). They are “heirs together to the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7). “God created man in His own image…male and female” (Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2). Both of them together are the likeness of God.
At the core, the feministic ideology / movement has brought on a serious problem with authority.
God’s authority in particular when it comes to roles and behavior.
If we seek to honor God’s Word, we must be rooted in the Created Order – not culture.
Make no mistake, a number of changes with regard to gender have emerged that may be deemed beneficial and positive. Nevertheless, the overall impact on American civilization has been negative, and the erosion of femininity has ushered in a host of evils that are hastening America’s moral implosion (e.g., abortion and homosexuality). Concomitant with the effort to eradicate gender differentiation has been the degradation of masculinity and the restructuring of the family unit (the fundamental building block of humanity—Genesis 1:27; 2:24). As womanhood has been devalued and her function altered, the rest of society has suffered dramatically. After all, women inevitably exert a profound influence on culture and society—for good or ill. Virtuous femininity is the glue that holds human civilization together. In the words of American poet William Ross Wallace’s immortal poem, “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Rules the World” (1865). Sadly for America, feminism has overturned the rocker, thrown the baby out with the bathwater, punched Dad in the face, and stomped away from the house in a huff. (Apologeticspress.org)
THE DARK SIDE OF FEMINISM
Pressures abound. It has made women discontent, depressed, competitive, bitter and disrespectful toward each other, their home-life with children as well as men. I too have experienced the repercussions of believing I must fit this image of fighting for position instead of being content and humble as God leads.
As the culture advances in this pursuit of supposed freedom from religious oppression and seek supposed female liberation, this headstrong attitude has also led to untold numbers of innocent bloodshed today through abortion proponents for example.
Also, the shameful sexualization of women participating of their own accord most times baffles me – ‘Warning’ ahead; scantily clad young women being displayed as prostitutes and normalcy yet is promoted as “sexual liberation, freedom.” Thus, tell me, how something like this (images below) and promoting greedy attitudes somehow enhances our dignity as women?
Mainly because we have chosen this path/tolerated it for far too long and have been conditioned through media hype, ever pushing the boundaries of sexuality. Likewise, in our progressive worldview pursuits we have arrogantly – murdered innocent life inside us, seduced souls with our feminine prowess into; adultery, STD’s, teen pregnancies, porn addiction, having unnatural affections/lesbianism, to women dressing ever more masculine, behaving aggressively, loud-lacks self-control, deviant, and usurping (to overthrow) the husband’s God-given authority to name a few.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
The Bible Still Has The Correct Perspective
Nevertheless, Scripture never discounts the female intellect, never downplays the talents and abilities of women, or discourages the right use of women’s spiritual gifts. But whenever the Bible expressly talks about the marks of an excellent woman, the stress is always on feminine virtue. The most significant women in Scripture were influential not because of their careers, but because of their character. The message these women collectively give is not about “gender equality”; it’s about true feminine excellence. And that is always exemplified in moral and spiritual qualities rather than by social standing, wealth, or physical appearance. (gty.org)
Relational & Marital perspectives; equality with a Biblical worldview will be lovingly understood as…
21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 (ESV)
A thorough education/examination and biblical review on the beliefs, motives and deception behind the feministic movement: