Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18)
You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7)
Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all. (Proverbs 31:29)
This past Mother's Day I was led of God to preach a sermon on the glory of womanhood. I had one goal in mind: with God's help I wanted to send every woman of God's kingdom home from church that day glad that God had made her a woman.
Given the warfare in our day against God's truth in regard to sex, much of our talk about women in the Church must center on the contested boundary of woman exercising authority over, and teaching, man. The danger in the heat of battle is to lose sight of all God has permitted women to do; and even more, all the glories He has made visible in their womanhood.
God's created order won't be violated forever. Traditions come and go, but, if patriarchy is woven through creation as Scripture indicates, the pendulum will one day turn. And when it does, it will destroy every feminist altar in its path, revealing father-rule to be every bit the law of creation that gravity is.
The question isn't whether the pendulum will turn, the real question is what the world will look like when it does. And that is a frightening thing to consider....
In a recent column, New York Times columnist David Brooks reflects the prevailing wisdom of Western society on manhood:
Forty years ago, men and women adhered to certain ideologies, what it meant to be a man or a woman. Young women today... are more like clean slates, having abandoned both feminist and prefeminist preconceptions. Men still adhere to the masculinity rules, which limits their vision and their movement.
Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went. - 2Samuel 13:19
The CDC just updated its stats on the prevalence of sexually transmitted disease in these United States. Those carrying Syphillis, Hepatitis B, Trichomonlasis, Chlamydia, Human Papillomavirus, Gonorrhea, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus now stand at 110,197,000.
New infections run around 20,000,000 each year with the latest year on record (2008) at 19,738,800. Young men and women 15-24 years of age represent over fifty percent of all new STD infections.
Of the 110 million infected, 50,627,400 are men and 59,569,500 women...