Hey, Beautiful!

Baby Girl

History has been unkind to girls, and I’m not thinking about sleazy Hollywood producers trying to seduce budding actresses.  For most of the history of the world, girls were not given an education;  women were not permitted to inherit; and only men were allowed to have careers. Even today in vast regions of the world like China and India, the preference for sons is so great that pregnant women abort unborn girls far more often than unborn boys.  In China, for example, sex-selection abortion means that 120 boys are born for every 100 girls. Young men are denied their chance to marry, but little girls have been robbed of their lives!

I’m not smart enough to explain all the reasons for this disparity, but some are apparent. Before modern contraception and medical care, adult women were likely to be sidelined by pregnancy and unable to work.  Our term matrimony literally means “the support of women,” specifically child-bearing women.  And in the ancient world, a bride was more likely to relocate to her new husband’s home and village, but a son who married would continue to be a resource for his own parents and clan.  So boys were a sort of retirement plan.

Of course, none of that’s true in Hollywood or NYC today, but the supposedly enlightened people in those cities still disrespect women.  Many CEO’s and fat-cat producers still see female employees as their personal playmates.  And it was recently disclosed that the gifted actress playing Queen Elizabeth in the hit TV show The Crown was being paid much less than the actor in the lesser role of Prince Philip!  In the entertainment industry, that’s still the rule, not the exception.

Paul accelerated the sexual revolution started by Jesus when he wrote to the church in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” It’s no wonder that the lion’s share of early converts to Christ were slaves and women.  In a world that told many people they had no hope and no meaningful path to the future, the Gospel offered a new destiny.  Paul went on to promise, “You are heirs according to the promise.” (1)

Notice, the New Testament does not say those traditional categories have been abandoned. There were still women and slaves and Greeks in a world dominated by men, landowners, and Romans.  But in Christ, even the formerly excluded little people had standing and significance and a future!  Their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ gave them a confidence and a boldness that made them better at everything else they did in a painfully segregated world.

Our nation still needs that message.  And women still need that confidence- not to try and behave more like men, but to be comfortable in their own skin.  They don’t need to become  Boy Scouts.  Ironically enough, the Girl Scouts still insist they will always remain an organization for females-only because they believe girls learn better in a single-sex environment. Girls don’t have to prove their value by mastering everything boys can do; there are lots of awesome female feats guys cannot even begin.

The voices of our pop culture talk constantly about gender equality, but they still treat women like they are ordinary and unimportant, especially if they don’t compare well to the models in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.  In the church of Jesus Christ, we’ve known for a long, long time that daughters of God are powerful, and capable, and beautiful.  They’re not interchangeable with men and they’re not typically as strong as guys.  But anyone has ever seen the birth of a child knows that feminine is not a synonym for fragile.

Lift up the Cross!

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3 thoughts on “Hey, Beautiful!

  1. It is strictly a western code of conduct we call Chivalry that most honors the female, not as sexual members of society but as society’s weakest members. Mahatma Ghandi is quoted as saying “a nations greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members”. How ironic that it is the female members of our society that have done the most damage to this code of conduct meant to exhibit the highest level of honor to women. It is the sick and hypocritical feminist movement that insists on being on equal terms with man. But they do not understand, nor do many…Woman have always been equal.
    When God created Adam in Gen chapter 2 on the third day, Scripture did not attribute Adam to be in Gods Image. Adam was simply a man of dust from the ground, into who’s nostrils was breathed the breath of life; and Adam became a living being. There is no mention at all of Adam being created in Gods Image. It was not until the sixth day in chapter one, after God took from Adam a rib and formed Eve that we are told “In the image of God He created him, male and female He created them”

    When Paul speaks about a man and his wife in Ephesians, referencing Adam and Eve he states, “this mystery is a profound one, and it refers to Christ and the church” This mystery, Adam and Eve like Christ and the Church are the image of God together. Not Adam by himself and not Jesus by Himself. A little off topic there I guess

    1. Thanks, Rick. But I wonder if all the chivalry and deference to women implied they were weak or that they should be treasured as life givers. I’m not a scholar but I like to think chivalry has always been about honor rather than pity. Thanks for thinking about this with us.

  2. Ahh…Honor and not pity absolutely, Perhaps my choice of words should have been as precise as these “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” on such a day of prayer.

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