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"Maternity, the natural biological role of women, has traditionally been regarded as [women's] major social role as well.  The resulting stereotype that 'a woman's place is in the home' has largely determined the ways in which women have expressed themselves.  Today, contraception and, in some areas, legalized abortion have given women greater control over the number of children they will bear.  Although these developments have freed women for roles other than motherhood, the cultural pressure for women to become wives and mothers still prevents many talented women from finishing college or pursuing careers" ("Women's History in America," Women's International Center, 1995).

In our hyper-sensitive "freedom of expression" societal way of thinking, this article did not surprise me.  The progressive movements toward increasing liberalism in all areas - including gender roles - is completely illogical, unnatural, and anti-Christ.  (By "progressive" we must understand we are referring to God's ways as old-fashioned and all human "wisdom" as better.  For instance, one might say: "A man and a woman?  Pugh.  We have progressed far beyond that old idea.  We now have 36 different genders to choose from."  How wicked are all those who practice - or even accept - such progressive thought.)

To say that a woman is imprisoned by her role as mother and wife is ignorant of truth and reality.  To go even further to say that contraceptives and abortion have "freed women for roles other than motherhood" is an abomination against all logic and reason, let alone morality.  From where will the next generation come if not from mothers?  Offering children on the altar of popular thought and convenience is worthy of the greatest condemnation.

Let us immediately go to the timeless Scriptures of our living God for a firm foundation.  God created men and women with equal value.  That is more freeing to women than any number of progressive legislation or educational degrees!  Feminists are always trying to push women to achieve more, to earn more, and to be more.  Have you noticed, though, that they are never happy or satisfied?  The feminists keep pushing, striving to break this so-called "glass ceiling," but each time they push it higher and higher, never "breaking" it.  What today's men and women must understand is that God has created men and women with equal value, yet with distinct roles.

When discussing these issues, discernment, rationality, and logic must be exercised.  To chauvinistically force women in the front door, pull the shutters tight, and then bolt the back door of the house is to be extreme and dominating.  At the same measure, to force women out of the home into the workforce and doctorate programs also leads to extremism, resulting in more broken families.  There is a unique, God-created desire given to the majority of women to be a wife, raise a family, and run a household.  These women should be celebrated and blessed, not ridiculed and forced into the rigidness of liberal progressivism.

In the holy trinity, God has given us the most beautiful picture of equal value accompanied with distinct roles.  God the Father is equal in worth and value to God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, yet His leadership and will supercede the will of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  It is the Son who willingly submits to the Father and obediently follows the will of God the Father.  One Scripture that demonstrates this equal value but distinct roles is John 5:19: "So Jesus said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.'"  The Son is in complete submission to the Father, yet He loves the Father and does what He does - not strictly out of militaristic obedience, but out of love!

Likewise, the Holy Spirit submits to the Son and the Father, yet His value remains equal.  The distinct role of the Spirit as teacher and helper are seen in John 14:26: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."  Since the Holy Spirit comes after Christ, it might be argued that He is lesser.  On the contrary, the Spirit of God is in complete union with the Son and the Father.  The Spirit, however, fulfills a distinct role in teaching the children of God and making them holy.

Finally, this equality and distinction is seen in the opening verses of Paul's letter to the Romans: "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead..." (Romans 1:1-4).

This beautiful, complementarian model demonstrated in the Trinity (explained in further detail by Dr. Bruce Ware in two sermons located on the "Videos" page of Beyond Mediocrity) is revealed in the marriage relationship, where both man and woman have equal values but distinct roles.  There is absolutely nothing wrong - and everything right! - with a woman content to stay at home and a man content to work and provide for his family.

Do not drink the cool-aid that the majority of women must express themselves in ways other than motherhood and helpers to their husbands, and that men are of greater importance or value than women.

"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him....'  And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man He made into a woman and brought her to the man.  Then the man said, 'This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.'  Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:18, 22-23).