Thursday, January 24, 2013

male and female, he created them

I don't know if you heard, but women will now be allowed to fight in combat. I have a thousand different issues with this decision, mainly because my husband was an infantry marine for 8 years and I know it's not a place for women, but mostly for one main reason:

God made men and women different, and for a purpose.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
~ Genesis 1:26-27 (emphasis mine)

I really like Genesis. After all, the first several chapters of the book lay down the very foundation of the entire Bible and life as we know it. If you don't understand and grasp the beginning, it becomes very difficult to understand all those bigger questions in life.

One of those foundations is the creation of mankind. In the beginning, God made a man. And then He made a woman. The Bible is clear that He created them distinctly and separately. And the differences between the 2 sexes is quite obvious and apparent, at least to anyone willing to admit it. Sadly, however, we live in a world that desperately attempts to blur the distinctions between men and women. Many try to claim that we aren't that different from one another, all in the name of "equality". A few examples of this are abortion, birth control and women in combat. They say that if women simply had access to these things, we would all be equal to men and have all the same opportunities.

News flash: we don't have to be the same to be equal.

The truth is, we are already equal. We are created equal. We're just different. Women are designed to grow, nourish and cultivate life. Women are the natural caregivers. We can't ignore the fact that women are made to carry children in their womb, to nurture them at their breast and to love them like only a mother can. This makes us different from men and we should embrace and cherish it, not run from it, ignore it and try to change it!

Men, on the other hand, are natural fighters, protectors and providers. It's their job to guard the hearts and minds of women and children. Sometimes that's as a husband and father. Other times it's as a soldier on the battlefield. God calls men to be willing to lay down their lives for their wives, to deny themselves, to suffer on their behalf (Ephesians 5:25). Men are the natural protectors.

What kind of nation sends its women to fight its wars? To protect its people?

The answer is, a nation who doesn't value femininity. A nation who doesn't believe in protecting it's women and children from death, suffering and pain. A nation who is so wrapped up in the liberal world view that it has absolutely no respect for its Creator, for His purpose for men, women, children and the family unit. I think John Piper says it very plainly:

If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying that no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he's a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea. Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women.
I can't help but think that these women who keep pressing for the chance to fight in combat simply are not comfortable with their femininity. Otherwise they would not have a desire to prove something (that something being their equality because they believe the lie that they are naturally unequal). Instead, they would embrace their purpose, the design of their Creator. That purpose is to nurture, to love, to encourage, to give life; not to kill, hurt and cause pain in others.

Women complain and ask where chivalry has gone. It was stomped on, spit upon and thrown out with yesterday's trash by women. If we want chivalrous men, then we need to quit trying to be like men and instead act like the ladies we were designed to be. Ladies don't fight wars. Men fight wars. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

As women, instead of trying to prove something, instead of trying to gain equality (that we already have), we should embrace our feminine qualities, our feminine design. It's what makes us distinctly different and unique. Why would we want to throw that aside? It's something to be celebrated and respected. Otherwise, we are telling God that His design and His purpose is flawed. We are telling Him that we know best what to do with His very own creation. And that is a lie straight from the mouth of Satan.

You can read my husband's perspective on this topic here.

2 comments:

  1. This is so well said and laid out. I absolutely agree with you!!

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  2. Excellent post, lady! I would take chivalry, any day. Men and women are different for reasons. The reason I couldn't get my car unstuck from a snowbank this week and my uncle could is because he's a foot taller and 100 lbs heavier than I am--he's alot stronger. And I'm grateful that the men in my life don't say: you're equal to us, so get the car unstuck yourself!

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