Why Did God Make Gender Roles?

Well its been a long time since I last did a YouTube episode and I figured I would get one in before the end of this year.  I am hoping to do more next year.

This episode is also available on audio only(mp3) here.

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3 thoughts on “Why Did God Make Gender Roles?

  1. I really enjoyed listening to your video, and I really appreciate how you lay everything out in a reasonable way. It makes so much more sense when you realize that the marriage relationship is a mirror of Christ’s relationship with the Church.
    I did have a couple of questions that came to mind while I was listening…you mentioned that men have a leadership role, not just in marriage and church, but in the world at large…do you mean that women are to submit to men in general (ie, not just their husband)? I know many people who believe in biblical gender roles will say you only have to submit to your husband, it is not men in general. Just wondered what you think.
    Also, I had a question about church roles. So, in my church, I often help out with the worship music in the service. I’m usually singing, sometimes playing the piano, but I make a point of always deferring to the music director, who is a man. I also always make it a point to ask my husband first when I’m asked to do it, if for whatever reason we can’t fit it into our schedule etc. It’s not like I’m teaching or anything, but sometimes I wonder if it counts as “having authority”–even if all I am doing is singing up front. I really like singing for the service, and my husband is fine with me doing it. Just wondered what your thoughts are on that. Thanks!

  2. afd,

    I am glad you enjoyed the video(or really audio…LOL).

    You asked this question:

    “I did have a couple of questions that came to mind while I was listening…you mentioned that men have a leadership role, not just in marriage and church, but in the world at large…do you mean that women are to submit to men in general (ie, not just their husband)? I know many people who believe in biblical gender roles will say you only have to submit to your husband, it is not men in general. Just wondered what you think.”

    I Corinthians 11:3 states “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God” and this is not simply pointing at marriage. When Paul talks about women wearing head coverings in the chapter as sign of authority on their head he does not say only married women should wear head coverings to show this symbolism. He leaves it as all women should wear head coverings – that would include young unmarried women, married women, divorced women and widows. This is why women are forbidden in other passages from teaching men or taking authority over them.

    This is why I do not think it is right for a woman to President of the United States, a Governor, a mayor or really in general ever in authority over a man. Think how strange it is to see a woman that has male secretary? No one will admit it – but it is strange because we know God’s law deep in our hearts. And for those who will bring up Deborah and other female prophetesses I suggest you read this article I wrote:

    https://biblicalgenderroles.com/2014/07/01/does-the-bible-allow-for-a-woman-to-be-president-of-the-united-states/

    Also I challenge my feminist friends with the fact that God did not allow female priests and women never conducted the sacrifices in the temple. Jesus appointed 12 Apostles yet he did not choose one woman for this task.

    But does this mean if you recognize the general authority of men over women in society that you literally have to submit to(obey) every man you meet as you would your husband(if married) or your father(if not married)? The answer is No. It just means you defer to and recognize male authority over women in general. I think your attitude of looking for male leadership especially when you are at church and performing various ministries is great attitude to have.

    And no I don’t think a woman singing or playing an instrument is taking authority over men. If Mary(Luke 1:46-55) could sing to God in worship then so can you.

  3. BGR, thanks for your quick reply! That 1 Cortinthians passage about covering the head really gets to me, because I want to follow it, but I’m often embarrassed to do it at church. I go through phases of wearing one and then stop. No one else does it, so it makes me question my decision. People don’t even like to talk about the submission passages let alone talk about women covering their head.
    True about Mary—and that reminded me also of the song Miriam sings when the Israelites came out of Egypt. I love using my musical gifts in church.
    Thanks for this!

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