A topic I have long wanted to post about is the subject of the obfuscation in our culture today of the genders given to us by the Creator. The Scripture tells us clearly and repeatedly, "male and female created He them." A great way to strike at the soul of the individual, the family, and the society is to confuse and redefine these roles. I see it all around in every aspect of our culture. If, dear readers, you will indulge me, I want to speak to these instances:
1. The education system on every level, from K-12 and the colleges and universities extol the virtue and acceptability of alternative lifestyles, families with 2 moms or 2 dads. We have a grammar book used by most universities that use these scenarios for writing prompts! We are no longer using that text, but it is widely used throughout the country. I think the title "Alternative Lifestyle" will fall into the abyss politically-correct disuse. These lifestyles are contrary in every direction to what the Bible teaches, yet are culture seems to embrace them.
2. Girls growing up seem to have 2 choices in clothing selections: sexually-provocative and mature feminine clothing or masculine outfits. If you question this, go into the stores and look. When was the last time you saw a feminine dress for a young lady that was not revealing? I had a lovely student a few years back who was attending a prom (she was a dual-enrollment student, taking college courses as part of her last year in high school). She was athletic and very devoted to her academics. I liked her a lot. She was always dressed in her running apparel (her sport of choice). When she showed my daughter and me her prom picture, I just about fell over! I didn't want her to note my reaction, but her dress left very little to the imagination. My first thought was, as it usually is, "where is your mother?" Often, when we look at mom, she is dressed the same way. Today, dresses look like slips or undergarments.
3. Gender identification is a tricky term--here I don't mean the more complex topic of DNA issues, but choices. Our young men are being feminized and our young women, made more masculine, and that is supposed to be good. Hmmm Many professions that have been typically dominated by men are now completely overtaken by women, and that is supposed to be good. My niece (by marriage) is in her second year of vet school at a major state university; she told me that most of the students are female, and that the profession has as many women as men, if not more. Take a look one day at the names on the shingles of your local vets. Many denominations that have accepted women in the role of deacon and minister are now stuck with both a shortage of men to fill these roles and a surplus of women to take up the slack.
4. Roles at Home; Don't you think that Satan particularly likes targeting the family? He went after Eve in the garden, and he is still pursuing her. My eyes were opened to a verse of Scripture years ago in a Sunday school lesson: " . . . and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." After Eve's terrible mistake with the serpent, everything changed. She would no longer be content with her created role as "helpmeet." She wanted her husband's position. The verse in Genesis 3 describes a dissatisfaction with her role and a desire to have his. We are still bristling and waging war against God's perfect order. The husband is the head of the home and the family; what kind of riot would ensue if I talked about that openly in public today? The Serpent dangled the fruit in front of Eve again with the "Women's Lib" movement, and to be frank, with "the pill" as well. Eve believed that the pill and easy access to birth control and abortion gave her sexual freedom. She was in fact chaining herself to an immorality that denies her self worth and self respect. Satan often works that way, disguising slavery as freedom. The women's liberation mentality has done nothing for us at all other than push us further and further out of His Garden.
5. Femininity in General; this is probably the hardest for me to set down in words, but I have seen (through relatives and many years of students) a trend among young women: they will reject feminine colors, styles, roles, and views as a way of being trendy and accepted. Sugar and spice and everything nice has been replaced by tattoos, pink camo, zombies and vampires, and pornographic books aimed at teen girls. What do they wear, read, watch, and do? Do they sew, knit, quilt and cook? Or do they text, twitter, snapchat and instagram? Who are their heroines? Corrie ten Boom? Laura Ingalls Wilder? Or Lady Gaga? Miley Cyrus? Mothers are teaching their daughters today to reject their roles as caretaker of the home and family in favor of a career that has typically been occupied by men. Eve has fallen for the lie of "you can have it all"--here, "all" means you can be a great wife and mom and an ambitious career woman. Having it all means fulfilling God's role for us. Proverbs 31, Titus 2--we must teach our daughters to live by these guidelines, not the world's.
Many of us have to work outside the home, and I am in a profession that allows me more time at home than most. Many mothers don't have this opportunity. That is why every moment possible must be lived and taught through the admonitions and completeness of Scripture.
Isn't that the problem today?
Do we know the Scripture? Even Christians lack the Bible knowledge needed to combat the world's values.
I want this year to be a year that I am closer to the Lord and ever more dedicated to learning from Him and His Holy Word.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,; and renew a right spirit within me.