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Pack of Lies ó 7
Male and Female Roles Are Interchangeable

By Lindell Mitchell

religion, articles, christianity Radical feminists backing the Equal Rights Amendment have repeatedly told us the amendment would simply mean that women would receive equal pay for equal work. If that were true, it would be a frivolous piece of legislation. The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 currently guarantees women equal pay for equal work.

The problem with the Equal Rights Amendment is the definition given to the word equality. Feminists say it means that women must have equality so far as roles are concerned. In essence, the place of men and women would be interchangeable. All gender-based roles would be abolished. Toward this end, the media is busily dismantling biblical concepts of what a woman should be and do. Gone are the days when motherhood and feminine grace were viewed with respect.

Since marriage reinforces a hierarchy they find objectionable, feminists argue for the abolition of such "servitude." Bonnie Kreps says, "We must fight the institutionalization of the oppression of women ó especially the institution of marriage." Sheila Cronan wrote: "Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the womenís movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage."

Feminists believe that there can be no equality as long as women are our primary homemakers. At a Houston Conference for Women sponsored by the National Organization for Women, a call for federally-funded day care centers was issued. Centers would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The conferees argued that only when the responsibility for children was placed on society at large, could women be free. Therefore, they demanded that the state assume responsibility for rearing children. (Watching the goobers in Austin play politics with education financing makes me shudder at the thought of them raising children!)

Rearing children used to be considered an honorable profession. Who would ever have thought that a time would come when mothers who stay home would be disrespected and ridiculed?

Religion is seen as another force that must be destroyed if the "female-oppressing" family is to be successfully dismantled. Consistent with Marxist philosophy feminists write, "Political institutions such as religion, because they are based on philosophies of hierarchical orders and reinforce male oppression of females must be destroyed."

NOW opposes the right of churches to differentiate between men and women. It is fighting to deny tax exemption to churches that "discriminate" between men and women on religious grounds. It is easy to see that the refusal to hire female or homosexual preachers could soon be interpreted as "contrary to public policy." So much for freedom of religion!

Feminismís denial of gender-based roles tramples essential distinctions in Christian doctrine pertaining to the home and the church. Its socialistic view of equality is incompatible with religious freedom.

Scriptures teach that men and women have different roles without being fundamentally unequal. Their well-defined roles must be maintained for the orderly function of society and the training of children.

Women are equal to men in several crucial ways. They are equal in creation. Though Eve was created for Adam, she was created as a partner. She bore Godís image as fully as Adam did.

Women are equal in salvation: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). Obviously women can sustain a covenant with God. Their function differs, but their salvation is the same.

Women are equal in accountability. When Adam and Eve received judgment because of sin, each was held accountable individually. The biblical understanding of gender roles is "equal but different." The equality does not substitute one role for the other, but as equal persons they stand before God responsible for fulfilling different functions.

God made us male and female. He established the boundaries in which we must serve and work. To disregard these differences is to bring the disintegration of society. Rape, promiscuity, homosexuality, divorce, abortion, delinquent children, and child abuse did not result from men and women fulfilling their divinely-appointed roles. They are largely the result of ignoring them.

God requires that noble, gentle men assisted by loving women bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 5:21-6:4). Only by following these directives can we preserve society and find happiness.

Published October 1993