May 18, 2007

Women Belong in the Kitchen!

I dedicate this post to my friend Shawna. Let the comments begin...

It seems the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary thinks that too many women are gettin' themselves too edumacated! The fact that 60% of college enrollees are women tells Mr. Patterson (his first name is Paige?!? :) ) that the US Church is in trouble.

Rather than encourage men to step up and do what they should be doing Mr. Patterson is following the example of so many by denigrating women.

I believe we need more strong, male leaders. I believe we need men to step up, actually be men, and take leadership over their homes and churches. But I don't think this is at the expense of women fulfilling their God-given spiritual callings and using their gifts.

I am a strong believer in equality of the sexes with an understanding that we each have different roles to play. That role, however, is not necessarily based on our sex, but on our ability, calling, and gifting.

And we definitely need to get away from the aloof, macho male-warrior as our only model of manhood.

7 comments:

  1. It would be nice to see more men
    step up and volunteer.
    And some women have a God-given
    spiritual calling to lead.
    jb

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  2. Thank you. The thing is, so many men in the church and leadership are so afraid of the women coming up through the ranks they will do anything to keep them down. It's not intentional, half the time they don't even realize that they are putting harder limits on the women than the men until someone points it out. If its a woman pointing it out, it won't get heard. Thank God there are a few good men who will point this stuff out if they see it. Unfortunately, most of them fight to see what they do because of the cultural bias in the church that makes it difficult.

    I remember someone I respect dearly telling me one day, "you don't have any authority!"... um... yeah I do... God gave it to me, and there really is nothing a man can do to keep me from operating in that. Perhaps that is where the fear is. You can't control it.

    Women are rising up because they are realizing that the majority of the men around them have failed them. We will take the places that God removes manipulative and old fashioned men from. All for the glory of the Kingdom!

    I'm grateful God put enough strong women in my life to show me that it's okay to be me, despite what the general consensus is. I'm learning to like who I am. I'm learning to walk in what I'm called to do, and it's honestly freeing.

    Thanks for a good post Eric!

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  3. "Rather than encourage men to step up and do what they should be doing Mr. Patterson is following the example of so many by denigrating women."

    Eric, one of the things you may not realize when you make a statement like the one above is that the 60% enrollment rate for women doesn't result from a failure of men to "step up." The real problem begins with radical feminists making a concerted effort to change elementary school curriculum. Notably, the reading material has been "feminized" such that boys lose interest in reading and fall several grades behind girls by the time they've finish secondary school. Interestingly, this reading gap doesn't exist between boys and girls who are home schooled. Take a close look at these two articles:

    http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/060718_illiterate_boys.html

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=390319&in_page_id=1770&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=NEWS&ct=5

    Before merely blaming men, I would encourage you to study these issues with more care. We will never see a generation of "strong men" raised up until we deal with the systematic discrimination against males in our contemporary society. If citing “systematic discrimination” seems a little strong, I assure you it isn't. It's been well documented in books like "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men" by Christina Hoff Sommers.

    http://www.amazon.com/War-Against-Boys-Misguided-Feminism/dp/0684849569

    God bless,

    -Sam

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  4. Sam,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I was not merely blaming men. I was stating that Mr. Patterson's remarks against women are not helpful.

    Why does he have to denigrate the role of women and the fact that they receive an education?

    To be honest, I don't believe there is a systemic discrimination against boys. Or, if there is, it is only effective because the men are running away from their roles as a Father. I believe many of the problems in the home and society would greatly improve if more men decided the ACTUALLY be a father rather than simply father children!

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  5. “Why does he have to denigrate the role of women and the fact that they receive an education? … if there is, it is only effective because the men are running away from their roles as a Father.”

    No doubt there is a problem with parenting in Western culture and I agree that men could do more as fathers. Nonetheless, the problem is that over the last 20 years, feminism has been about preserving traditional female privileges or (creating new female privileges and reverse discrimination) using traditional inclinations such as male chivalry, under the guise of "equality." The end result is that our culture is moving beyond gender equality and more and more towards a matriarchy. The 60% figure is just one of many indicators. I don’t see it as denigrating to women to feel that a social matriarchy is neither healthy nor Biblical.

    By the way, if it sounds extreme, one only needs to look at a country like Sweden to see where we could end up in the future. Radical leftwing feminist ideas are today more or less a state ideology, incorporated in all facets of education and also promoted by various government agencies. Sweden even has a feminist political party, led by a former Marxist, who recently proposed a "man tax" and compared Swedish men to the Taliban in Afghanistan. Radical feminism is out of control in most of Scandinavia and has had horrible effects on marriage, the family, and gender relations. A good summary of the Swedish situation is here:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/kurtz/kurtz200602220826.asp

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  6. I have observed that our culture doesn't like radical anything be it even for a "good" cause. People will support the underdog until it becomes the dominant mindset. There are always radicals, but I don't believe our culture lets them take over.

    As soon as someone starts pushing in one direction, someone will inevitably start resisting.

    I think we are more in danger of being a lukewarm, middle-of-the-road culture than anything radical.

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  7. I believe that Bible presents a model of mutual submission; the husband to the wife and the wife to the husband.

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