Women in Government: Gender Roles

It is common place in the secular world for women to take leadership roles over men. Interestingly enough, the catholic church is an example of secular doctrine influencing religion.  Catholicism encourages women to be the spiritual leaders as they perceived Mary to be.. this of course has no Scriptural foundation but relies on man’s tradition since well after the time of Christ.  And certainly everyone has heard of women pastors and elders or heads of ministries.  None of this has Scripture’s backing either!  1 Timothy 3:2 says that an overseer must be a male.  Paul mentions this also in Titus 1, that an elder must be a male.

Since we have established the fact that overseers, elders, pastors, and the like must be male you might be thinking that these verses apply only to the body of Christ, the church, and that all members must submit to male authority that is itself submitting to Christ and that this does not apply anywhere else.  What about marriage?  Another place where God has said the woman must submit to man.  Notice that this does not mean women should submit to just any manShe is to submit to only one man, her husband (Ephesians 5:22).  Remember that God created man and woman in Genesis 2:18 with woman being created as a helper to man.  She is a helper to you husbands.  Your child’s upbringing for example is your responsibility, she is a helpmate to you.  For some reason we have abdicated this and said something to the extent that man will bring in the income and you women raise the children and cook the food.  As far as I know this isn’t biblical!  In fact, the only thing according to the bible that is “woman’s work” is bearing a child.

Knowing how fallen we are and the resulting fallout from that fall, God says this about woman’s curse, “..yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you,” (Genesis 3:16).  We tend to read over this word desire and think that it pertains to something intimate when we forget that this is part of the curse!  It is supposed to be a negative thing.  It is only when we study the word desire and see it come up again a few verses later in Genesis 4:7.  Here it says that sin desires to be master over us, but we must not let that happen.  Genesis 3:16 is telling women that you will not be content to submit to your husband’s mastery, his leadership, and authority.  That is part of your curse women.  And so it is that we see women in government giving in to this desire to supersede men and their place of authority.  Paul writes this to women knowing this about the curse, “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:11-13).

There might still be some question out there as to whether all of this can apply to government outside of the body of Christ and the institution of marriage.  Romans 5 outlines for us federal headship and actually Douglas Wilson writes a fantastic book on the topic called Federal Husband.  Anyway, Christ is our representative just as man is head of his family and representative to Christ for them.  That means that man is responsible for everything that happens in his family.  God doesn’t just write words for Christians to live by.  They are universal principles and laws.  Every man falls under either Adam or Christ when it comes to judgment as Romans says.  We cannot say that this is a 2000 year old book that has no bearing on where we are today or that non-believers don’t have to abide by Scripture.  The principles have not changed and apply to all people.  If you believe God’s word then you must agree that man is the overseer.  Woman is a helper, but she does not submit to just any man.  She first submits to her dad who is the head of his household and then is given in marriage to a man of her choosing and falls under his headship.  If you choose not to believe God’s word and act counter what are you trusting in?  Your own opinion?  Your own feelings of the way things should be done?

Women in government becomes a problem then in light of these previous points.  Our system of government is that of federal representation meaning we have elected governing representatives over us.  We don’t just vote for sex appeal unless that is all we are about.  We don’t just vote for one issue as most republicans are prone to do.. namely abortion.  We don’t just vote on any random candidate.  We are voting in a representative who agrees with us and will stand for who we are.  We are voting for someone who represents us. Paul picks up on this concept when he calls Christians ambassadors of Christ in 2 Corinthians 5:20.  If we are ambassadors how are we representing Christ at the voting booth?

Put it this way voting in a woman into a place of governing authority is to the shame of men, who she will be representing.  That is the way Scripture puts it in Judges 4:9 where Deborah becomes a governing authority and is asked by a very timid general named Barak to lead for him, “‘If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.’  She said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor shall not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.'”

Consider also the writings of the American View, An Addendum To The Deborah Question by Gary DeMar, “..where were the worthy men?

This is the problem with men from the beginning.  Genesis 3:6 makes explicit the fact that man was standing right there beside Eve when she took the apple.  Man abdicated and the result was sin.  So it is today.  Why do men abdicate and instead know more about a given football team, a firearm, or tv schedule than they do about Scripture and the Constitution of the United States of America. You call this leadership?  It is no wonder that women are throwing up their hands in disgust and taking the initiative in government!  Where are the worthy men?  Beer gutting it on the couch with a bag of potato chips or so busy at work they don’t know what is going on at home.

~ by Majestic on February 25, 2010.

One Response to “Women in Government: Gender Roles”

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