I spent a little time looking over the Facebook page of Biblical Gender Roles and one of the responses to one of his posts caught my eye. The post was ‘How to help women learn their place’, and the response was from a woman who basically said that “there have always been and always will be men who distort Gods word out of their proper context”. Though I do agree with this sentiment (there are always those who will distort Gods word) I do not believe that promoting a patriarchal society is taking Gods word out of context. Now, that is not to say that men haven’t used the bible to subjugate women in the past, but misuse of the bible does not mean we should disregard it or its commandments.
The ancient world was patriarchal, of that there is no doubt. Ancient Israel was ruled by men, as were many of the other cultures back in biblical times and nowhere in the bible does God condemn that patriarchy. The bible is a patriarchal book and clearly places men as the authority figures on earth. Man was given dominion over the animals as we can clearly see when God gave Adam the authority to name them. God gave man dominion over the earth, commanding that we use it for our needs of food, shelter and clothing. God made man, then made woman FROM man, even declaring that “…man was not made for woman, but woman for man.”. To deny that God created this world as a patriarchy is to deny the bible.
Unfortunately feminism has crept ever so slowly into the church and Christian women, even those having been raised in strict homes, are tainted by it. I can think of very, very few Christian women who don’t have a streak of the go-girl, ‘I am woman, hear me roar’, ‘just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean I am a doormat’ feminist in her, despite the fact that the bible says that women should regard this mentality as sinful. The same women that scream about being told to ‘know their place’ would have no issue telling men that they need to ‘know their place’ when it comes to using God and the church as examples of how their husbands should love them. Their rebellion against patriarchy is rebellion against God – THE patriarch. Woman was cursed in the garden to desire to rule over her husband, and it is unfortunate that Christian women, who know of the curse, would continue in the sin of rebellion.
As I have said before, God created this world and it’s order for a purpose. When we follow that order we find that things work well, as they were intended, but when we fight against that order, chaos ensues. If you are a Christian woman do not fall prey to the lies of the devil that tell you that you need to be vocal and make yourself heard when the bible clearly states that your strength lies in your silent prayers (1 Peter 3:1), your obedience (1 Peter 3:6) and your quite, gentle spirit (1 Peter 3:4).