I can’t get through one day without hearing or reading that something is “sexist.” I watched that funny Youtube video this morning of the father covering the song “Rude” and all the comments were calling him sexist. It seems that everything is affected by this so called “issue.” Even something that is supposed to be lighthearted and funny is discolored by accusations of being sexist.
I am a firm believer in the fact that women are capable, intelligent, and unique. But I am also a firm believer in the fact that God created gender on purpose. It says so in Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” It was not an accident. God intended that there be men and women to uniquely display His image.
But why did He create gender?
1. Gender helps us understand God better.
Concepts - When the Bible speaks of God, the Father, sending His son to die on the cross, we understand that relationship. We know the love that a father has for his son. We can picture the agony that God must have experienced sending His only child to die. When Jesus says in Matthew how He longs to gather His children under His wings like a mother hen gathers her chicks, we understand the tender protectiveness of a mother. Gender helps our finite minds understand deep theological concepts.
Companionship - Gender also helps us understand the Trinity better.God is not a solitary ruler, but interacts with the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Let us make man in our image,” He states in Genesis chapter one. Companionship is the relationship that exists between people. God is a relational being. He is not distant or private. That is evidenced in the fact that He even created people to have a relationship with. Not only this, but He communicates on a personal level with them. Humans are also social creatures with the desire to be with other people. The woman mirrors God’s quality of and capacity for companionship by having a relationship with the man. Besides a relationship with her Heavenly Father, this is the deepest kind of companionship that a woman can have.
Creativity - God did not have to make men and women. But that fact that He chose to displays His creativity. His diversity is shown through the wide variety of different appearances and personalities that He has fashioned. “Fearfully and wonderfully,” He has formed everyone inside and out. He has made both males and females with abilities to create, to think, to have joy, and to appreciate beauty all to parallel Himself.
2. Gender helps us understand the Gospel better.
We always say that marriage is picture of the Gospel, but why is that?
Covenant - As Christ made a covenant with the church, so does a husband and a wife. This covenant reflects the choice to love someone even though they are unworthy and selfish. Ephesians 5 discloses how Christ gave up everything for His bride and seeks to nourish and cherish her despite her failures to love Christ in return. Husbands are called to likewise love their wives in this selfless manner. Conversely, as the church humbly serves the Lord, so a wife humbly serves her husband.
Consummation - In Evangelical Feminism & Biblical Truth, Wayne Grudem talks about God’s gift of sex within marriage. He says how sexuality is a specific expression of equality, difference, and unity. The couple has equality through what Christ has done on the cross, but their bodies are different in order for them to accomplish the distinctive purposes that He has for them. Through marriage God unites two equal but different people to work together to bring Him glory.
Mary Kassian says that the reason for sex within marriage is to tell a story. It is to tell the story of manhood, womanhood, marriage, and Christ’s bride, the church. Joyous and intimate, the act of sex within marriage describes how wonderful Christ’s wedding and union with His bride will be. This joy can only take place within a covenant. The union is fulfilled after the legal covenant is completed.
Marriage is a symbolic of the covenant that Christ has with the church. It helps us to understand the church’s relationship with Christ and the joy that we can anticipate when Christ returns for His bride.
Friends, I know that this was a long blog post. It was a 12 page college research paper at one point! But I wanted to share this with you today because I long that you understand the importance of gender – how it helps our limited minds understand God and the Gospel better. I pray that instead of abolishing gender, we celebrate it as a beautiful picture of God and the Gospel.