Night Wind wrote a good post called, GENDER NEUTRALITY AT HOME AND ABROAD and some of those themes fit in well with my latest ponderings about the state of the world we find ourselves in.
Genesis 1:26- 27 says in part, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness……So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
I honestly believe that God made us in His likeness, like two parts of Himself. To make us ‘whole’ or to make us Holy, you really need that complimentary nature of men and women working together in harmony. This is certainly true when it comes to reproduction, but it is much more complex than that. Children need two parents, they need to see different perceptions of the world, and they need to learn how to embrace and love the somewhat contrasting parts of their own selves.
We need marriage to help us grow healthy children, but we need marriage to help grow us, too. It is not so easy to set ourselves aside a wee bit and engage in a lifetime of sacrificial love with someone who perceives the world a bit differently then you do. Laugh if you like, it was rather funny, but I once lamented to the Lord, ”Look, I am simply not a saint!” And the Lord whispered back, but I am in the saint making business. That is what marriage helps to do, to produce saints. That is what so many aspects of our lives are all about, producing saints. We are not the victims of bad luck or the hapless casualties of oppression, or the guy that got the short end of the stick.
Up until that point I really had no idea that God is indeed, in the saint making business. I use the word ”saints” in this context meaning the recipients of His sanctifying work, the bits of clay He molds into something one might want to dine at a wedding feast with. We are not on this Earth only to pursue our own passions, our own desires. There is a much larger game at play here.
We really need to work with the Lord and heal our own male/female issues. Honor your mother and father is a profound commandment with far reaching implications. It has to do with the whole fabric of our society but it also has to do with an individual’s health and well being, too. Take the time to do that work…….and then you’ll probably have to do it again at some point, have a refresher, because people can get on our last nerve and wreck havoc on our renewing minds.
Those attitudes and thoughts that blame the opposite gender are bondage, they keep us trapped. The world won’t be right until we smash the patriarchy is as dumb as, women need to change so I can feel better about myself. Nothing is going to change! One cannot solve an internal problem with an external solution like that. You will carry your broken self with you wherever you go.
Or you can set those burdens down, place your self in the Lord’s hands, and let Him heal you.
I really believe that all these gender wars are not an accident. Night Wind mentioned the government, the Clinton administration and their war on gender. Anytime the Gov declares war on an entire group of people it’s good to duck and hide, because they are about to make things a whole lot worse be it the war on drugs or the war on poverty. Here we are in 2021 with a raging opioid epidemic, perched on the edge of economic collapse, trying to figure out which of the 23 genders we belong too. But that is not even what I mean, I mean there is a spiritual war going on and we forfeit our power when we blame other people.
Feminism robs women of our power, hating on women robs men of their power, Critical Race Theory robs minorities of their power, as does boomer blaming, parent blaming, child blaming, and losing sight of the significance of “Honor your father and your mother, ‘so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
2 Timothy says, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God wants us powerful.