Associate Editor’s note: This article is a guest article by Rev. William Foy, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN. He was my wife’s pastor and is also the godparent of my second child. As a former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, pastor, husband, and father he is well-qualified to give comment on this current event.
Are women just men with a few different biological parts? Can or should women be welcome to fill all of the vocations of men with the exception of the ones that they cannot due to biological impediment? Is Christ’s sacrifice of His life for the life of His bride and His command that husbands should do likewise (Ephesians 5:25ff) still valid today, and does it apply to vocations outside of marriage? Should women be permitted to serve in the armed forces? That is the “original” question towards which this humble attempt to answer moves.
The aberration of women filling nearly every male job during WWII while the men were off fighting the war should not be the validation for women doing the same today. It was this “necessary” exodus of women from home life and domestic governance that brought about on a grand scale the decline of the family nucleus. This, of course, was not the fault of women, but it did become the battle cry of women who desired to throw of the heavy burden and nearly thankless, albeit God ordained, task of bearing and raising children. The idea of independence (“you can be like god”) coupled with the new found earning power of two income families fueled this drive to be equal to men in all things (as if that was a noble goal to be sought).
Although this dynamic shift from single to dual income homes appeared beneficial, it was only so if one were to measure material gain alone as success, and not balance the scales with the loss of family relationships, role models, and loving nurture which was generally lost due to much less time for the parents to “do” all of those things required of parents. (I would argue that women have suffered even more from this loss of time with their children than we will ever know or be able to measure. Bear in mind as you ponder that, how God made men and women and the special roles He gave to each.)
It was less than one decade after the end of the post war “baby boom” that a most devastating nail was driven into the coffin that was being built by Satan for families, and life itself; Roe v. Wade and the beginning of the most horrible Holocaust ever, the intentional and planned genocide of the family through the womb of woman. What appeared to be a liberating decree and opportunity, another step towards independence and control of their own body and destiny, was in fact a cataclysmic blow to that which makes woman unique and special as one created in the image of God.
Genesis 1: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;
And after the fall, having been put out of the Garden of Eden, Adam gave his wife a name: 3: 20 And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
God clearly established the roles of male and female, husband and wife. Man to toil and work the ground, to provide food, shelter, clothing and protection as well as the other things of daily life for his wife, children and himself. Woman was to bear children, raise and nurture them, and be the governance of the household economy. (If you will research the words governance and economy, you will find they embrace authority, power, position and responsibility, all of those things which are “offered” as the allurements to women working outside of the home, while conversely motherhood is touted as “no real Identity”.)
Vault forward some six thousand years, and the effects of sin have not only blurred these lines of complimentary counterparts, husband and wife, but erased them maybe even redirecting them and confusing further the glorious gift of God in the uniqueness of femaleness and maleness. You must at this point ask yourself how we as a civilization in aggregate and women as individuals are better off with not only fewer children being born, or even conceived, and also with mothers, who have had children, being absent from their children’s daily life after maternity leave from their secular vocation.
The last barrier to total independence has not yet been crossed completely by all, although it is straddled by many who conceive children by “medical science” rather than in the union of man and woman in marriage. Yet with woman now not only displacing men from the work place which has proven to be a devastating impact on unemployed men, their families, communities and nation, woman are now entering the war zone, literally. They have now been given the go ahead to be placed into harms way on the front lines of war. A nation proving that it not only has no regard for infant life, it also has no regard for those sacred vessels of God by which He creates and brings new human life into the world. The devil hates man and will stop at nothing to eradicate man who was created in God’s image and became man and not an angel. This is the devil’s evil recipe.
This thoughtless capitulation to allow those whom men are to protect, care for and defend, to now assume this historically all male role (of course you can name a few other abominations in this regard but never has it been the norm and never has it been successful). Are we really ready to bury our daughters as they are returned to us killed by enemies of our nation and our God? How have we missed the mark so drastically that women, any woman would even presume this to be a good thing? We have conditioned all of our children and especially our daughters for the past fifty years through public “education” to have little value for life. We teach the lie of evolution and not the truth of God’s divine creation. Thus our children believe they are accidental chances and not intentional creatures fearfully and wonderfully made by God in their mother’s womb.
We have legalized mass murder and made the killing fields more intimate and personal than any other culture ever, the womb’s of our daughters, mothers and wives. Although we will acknowledge the psychological effects of rape, incest, and even murder upon the minds of our citizens, we deny, cover up, or even condemn the profoundly greater psychological and spiritual trauma that we have imposed upon our daughters by allowing, encouraging or even, in some cases forcing, abortions upon them to the macabre tune of over 57,000,000 since Roe vs. Wade.
If we have conditioned them to think they are nothing but the commodity for the industry of death, why shouldn’t they desire to die as proclaimed heroes rather than guilty and ashamed co-conspirators in murder for hire plots. Why should they have any true regard or confidence in men, when it is precisely men who have brought or at least allowed these most beautiful of God’s creatures to be so sorely abused and unprotected.
So the final question is really one that is almost ridiculous to ask: Can we turn back the hands of time? Can we as husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and even sons, not only curb our avarice, our insatiable desire for more of the shiny little trinkets of life, like unreasoning raccoons who collect and collect such things even to forcing themselves out of their dens? Can or will we re-educate ourselves from God’s Word and even compassionate and loving human reason to not only value our mothers, wives and daughters as the most precious treasure given us from God next to our salvation in Christ Jesus?
It is, finally, not a question of whether women are physically capable of the rigors of combat. Having served on active duty as an Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps for eight years I will tell you that not every man is capable even though he has the right to try. The question is are we heads of the household, those who are accountable to God for the complete sacrifice of ourselves in all things for the care of wife, daughter and even mother, are we going to stand by as our daughters go off to fight wars and come home maimed both physically and psychologically and then upon return they continue to endure the war we foist upon their very persons through the ongoing holocaust of abortion.