[I’ve changed the tagline on my blog. You’ll have to visit to see it.]
Tonight at church, one lady said something that made everyone laugh. She simply said, “Men and women are different physically and emotionally.”
We laughed because it is such a scandalous thing to tell the truth these days. Any child can tell you (one who hasn’t been indoctrinated in the cult of “all is the same”) that men and women are different. He turns to one or the other based on how he thinks to get the answer he wants.
Men and women are equal under the law and before God; however, they each have different roles to fill. What equality (as used in legal issues) means that one is not given a preferenced judgement because of matters beyond their control, such as race and sex. It means that if a baron kills a man, he is subject to the same punishment as a serf who did the same. (Would that this was still the case. Any one of us can think of cases where someone has been cleared of a crime or not tried because they were in power or had money.) While we may think the concept blindingly obvious, it has not always been so. If it had been so, it wouldn’t have to be codified.
Before God, both men and women are equal in their dignity and humanity; both also have to answer for their sins. When Paul wrote the famous verse (Galatians 3:28) that there is neither male nor female, Jew nor Greek, he was referring to becoming Christians. Stretching it beyond that context to sexual roles goes far beyond what Paul intended. Paul was addressing questions of who could be saved. The mystery religions and Greek cults of the day limited membership. Some were for men. Some were for women. Many refused to allow Jews. Judaism refused to allow Greeks full rights in their synagogues until they had gone through a conversion. At that point, they were in fact no longer considered Greek, and it was not allowed to insult them by saying “just yesterday you had pork between your teeth.” However in Christ, Jews remained Jews and Gentiles remained Gentiles.
Unfortunately, in times like these, biblical literacy is agonizingly low (hence the need for my new tagline). Things that should be obvious (such as the above) have to be explained. Society fights the obvious to tickle the ear.
When the lady at church made us laugh, I immediately thought of how such a statement would cause offense to those who fight nature. And I don’t care if they are offended. Reality is simple–men and women are biologically and emotionally different.
Whether you approach it from evolution or creation, men and women are different. Look at it from the evolutionary perspective of this dimorphic species. Early men were the hunters. Those with the ability to focus on the task at hand hunted better than those who could not. Moreover, being distracted on a hunt meant losing prey in the chase or missing prey as it passed.
On the other hand, women were gatherers. They did not need to chase down plants and thus there was no pressure to select them for focusing. In fact, focusing on the plants to the exclusion of everything around could be a negative. One needs to detect the predator sneaking up from the side.
In the modern day, that means men compartmentalize and women globalize. Give a man a task, and he will focus on it until it is done. Women taking care of their children need the ability to work on multiple things at once.
That doesn’t mean that men are better because we can focus. Nor does it mean women are better because they can multitask. It means we excel at different jobs. Society needs us to be different. Drawing again from Paul, if all people were feet, then who would do the job of smelling?