Is International Women’s Day a time for Christians to celebrate or a time to mourn?

Have divorce rates risen or decreased as a result of women being given social equality with men? Have children been better taken care of by their mothers as a result of women being given social equality with men? The answers to these two questions are unequivocal NO.

The ugly truth is that the woman’s rights movement has decimated God’s institution of marriage and the family.

Is this something we should be proud of? A society in which women mock and ridicule the role for which God designed them?

In the book of I Corinthians we read about a situation of immorality in the Church.  A man took his father’s wife (his step mother) as a wife and they were proud of this immorality.  The Apostle Paul said this to them:

“you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning”

I Corinthians 5:2 (NIV)

Are we not doing the same thing as a Christian people today in regards to feminism? Are we proud of what feminism has done to marriage and the family when we should be in mourning?

This is why for us as Christian’s International Women’s Day should not be a time for us to rejoice, but rather a time for us to mourn for our nation and our culture.  It should be a time to confront this sin in our homes and in our churches.

But doesn’t the Bible honor women?

Absolutely! The Bible honors women and encourages us as men to honor women. Children are to praise their mothers and husbands are commanded to praise and honor and their wives.

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” – Exodus 20:12 (KJV)

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” – Proverbs 31:28 (KJV)

“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” – I Peter 3:7 (KJV)

Holidays like Mother’s Day and our wedding anniversaries call us to honor our women for the position of wife and mother – the roles for which God designed woman.  Christians should be honoring the women in their lives on these days for these roles that they play.

But honoring women for their roles as wives and mothers is NOT what International Women’s Day is about.

International Women’s Day is about women celebrating their rebellion against God and his design for them.

But hasn’t some good come from giving women equal rights with men?

I will not deny that some good has come from giving women equal rights with men.  In the areas of protecting women and their children from real domestic abuse it has helped. It has also helped in making sure that if women were wrongly tossed aside by their husbands that they could still see their children and get some financial support. It has also helped in allowing women to be able to be educated which is something the Bible never forbids.

But the good that has come from granting women social equality has been far outweighed by the damage that it has caused.

Instead of women just being able to divorce their husbands for real physical abuse and also being able to protect their children we have seen these new rights used for evil purposes more often than righteous purposes. We see women divorcing their husbands because their husbands refuse to bow down and worship them.  In fact the vast majority of divorces today occur not because of physical abuse but because of emotional reasons on the part of the woman.  Nearly 70% of all divorces today are filed by women.

Instead of women using their new found right to be able to be educated in the service of teaching their children and other women they now use it for their own selfish ambitions. They walk out of their responsibilities to their husband, their children and their home and they do it with PRIDE!

Instead of women regarding their bodies as belong to God and their husbands they see their bodies as belonging only to themselves. They go out and have promiscuous sex and then if they get pregnant they just go and have an abortion. Does this sound like something we ought to be celebrating or mourning as Christians?

The woman’s equality movement has warped marriage into something that would be unrecognizable to people just a few generations ago.

God’s original design of marriage as a duty based Patriarchy and a model of Christ’s relationship with his Church has been tossed aside for a feelings based equal partnership relationship which bears little resemblance to what God intended.

Opposing feminism and women’s equality is not equivalent to misogyny

“You Bible believing Christians are just a bunch of misogynists”

“You just want to control women and make them the slaves of men”

Let me tell you something in all honesty and sincerity and I know I speak for many of my Bible believing Christian friends. If God had stated in the Scriptures that men and women were to be social equals and equal partners in marriage that is what I would strive for. It is not about what I want or you want – it is about what God says he wants in his Word.

Christians who love the Word of God and practice the patriarchal form of marriage which models the relationship of Christ and his Church do not do so because of our hatred for women.  We do so because of our love for God.

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” – I John 5:3 (KJV)

“You don’t view women as equal human beings”

This is another false accusation hurled at Bible believing Christians who embrace the Biblical patriarchal form of marriage. This is because our American and Western culture teaches us that all human beings (adult human beings that are not incarcerated) should have equal rights. If one set of human beings has any less rights than another it said the human beings with less rights are being treated as “less than human”.

But this thinking does not line up with the Scriptures. The Bible shows us God commanding that women have less rights than men:

“2 If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

3 If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth;

4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.

5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the Lord shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.

6 And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;

7 And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.

8 But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the Lord shall forgive her.” – Numbers 30:1-8 (KJV)

“1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives…

5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.

7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” – I Peter 3:1 & 5-7 (KJV)

The Bible clearly shows us that a daughter is under the authority of her father and a wife is under the authority of her husband. Women did not have equal social rights to men under God’s design. Yet men were called to honor their mothers and wives.  Women were not considered less than human in God’s view, but rather they were humans that occupied a different social status.

Conclusion

International Women’s Day should not be a cause for celebration for Bible believing Christians. Rather it should be a day for mourning and reflection on the sinfulness of our society. It should cause us to compel our nation and our culture to repent.  It should give us renewed reasons to preach what God’s word says even though it is extremely unpopular in our sinful culture.  We would do well to heed the words of the Apostle Paul to a young pastor named Timothy:

“2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” – I Timothy 4:2-4 (KJV)

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8 thoughts on “Is International Women’s Day a time for Christians to celebrate or a time to mourn?

  1. Another excellent post! If only other Christians were to draw attention to this, but it will never happen. Even I am remiss to post anything negative about ‘International Women’s Day’ on social media not for fear of retribution, but because I don’t think it will make a difference. Even the Christian women in my own family would throw a fit and I would have to spend the day dealing with the fallout. I could just leave it alone and let them whine about it, but that will only have the affect of making people even more angry and less likely to listen to anything, as well as making me look like a goof for posting something and then never responding. I would probably discuss it with them in person, but social media is absolutely horrible for any kind of positive or productive conversation.

    I would definitely agree with you on every point, though. The women’s movement, which sought to ‘free’ women from their chains has only succeeded in creating more and heavier chains. Whereas the previous prison they sought freedom from was only keeping them in their husbands homes, these new chains will eventually drag them down to hell as they turn fully away from God and embrace the serpents oldest lie – You deserve more. With men not willing to hold women accountable, and women not teaching young girls how to be God fearing, it seems there is little hope. A commenter on my blog asked if I was a pessimist, and I responded ‘no, but I am starting to get there.’. I just don’t see any change on the horizon without impetus, and the only impetus I envision is persecution.

  2. Snapper,

    I know sometimes it seems dark for those of who believe in God’s Word and his design for men, women and marriage. But I can tell you that I remain optimistic. While I receive a lot of attack emails every day I also receive emails that give me hope. Women turning to God and his design for their lives. Men realizing their call to take the spiritual leadership in their homes.

    We just need to equip those around us with the truth.

    And yes I know exactly what you are saying about social media. I get attacked bad on Facebook and yes this article is posted up on my facebook page. But we need to get the word out there, if for only those few who will listen.

    Do not loose hope my friend, God is still on the thrown.

  3. I’m not sure you can make a real overall comparison between times now and times before women’s suffrage. Things were probably easier for men before and things are probably easier for women now. I’m not a fan of feminism at all, but I’m also not willing to give up women’s suffrage entirely and jump back into pre-suffrage days. I can see why men would have a much easier time doing just that. Ultimately, each person promoting their own gender in the battle of the sexes isn’t going to do anything to help (and ironically will likely give feminists a sense of legitimacy). Just like I don’t see modern feminism as the root of the pre-suffrage problems (using the word ‘modern’ here because feminism wasn’t always such a dirty word and was started by Mary Wolstencraft in an attempt to argue the humanity of women against philosophers like Kant and Rousseau), I don’t think men should necessarily see pre-suffrage as the solution to their current problems. Both would seem to be suffering from tunnel vision.

    And as a side note, I’m not a fan of international women’s day either. I would also not support an international men’s day. While I’m not trying to blur gender lines, I think setting days apart like this results in pitting genders against each other. Based on common feminist rhetoric, I think it is 100% understandable why men feel like they are the villains of days like today. Like their gender is the ogre from which women in the past both escaped and then imprisoned in a box. I just don’t think advocating for women to be put in a box instead is actually going to solve anything.

  4. Just the fact that there IS an International Women’s Day affirms your commentary. It is a prideful, egocentric expression of self-aggrandizement by misguided women seeking relevancy in all the wrong places.

  5. I agree with little to nothing in this post or blog, but I thank you for trying to earnestly follow what you discern is God’s will for you. One thing we agree on is that the Bible is the ultimate, inerrant authority over everything, for all time. From there, our interpretations of the text itself differ.

    That being said, you threw out a lot of statistics (on divorce, etc.). Could we get the links to those sources, please?

  6. “Even I am remiss to post anything negative about ‘International Women’s Day’ on social media not for fear of retribution”

    Even if you had posted something positive, you might have experienced retribution! My husband and I have a mutual friend who’s pretty liberal, and he tried to congratulate women on his facebook on that day, and encourage them to not celebrate it by getting drunk or anything because – how would THAT be empowering? And all these women friends of his came out of the woodwork to shame him for telling them what to do – for “making restrictions” on how they should celebrate when Women’s Day was about women doing the opposite of what men wanted them to do.

    It was funny but also so nasty the way they couldn’t even understand he truly was trying to be nice to them.

  7. Wow, that’s crazy, Dragonfly! Unfortunately, I have a sister who I can see acting exactly like that. 😦

  8. @Dragonfly,

    Why did he assume that they’d be going out and getting drunk though? That’s what seems off-putting about that comment to me. It just sort of comes out of left field, and I could see some women being insulted that that’s what they think that they’d do to celebrate. I’m sure that his intentions were good, but intentions don’t always show through. As it stands, if sounds like he was presuming without reason that he needed to remind them to be responsible, and I could see why that came across badly.

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