Gender roles...I think Christians fear them because both sides have been taken advantage of, by and in sin. Masculinity is scorned for its presumed assumptions, femininity for its seeming weakness. But in context and in right standing, they are divinely intended to show God in all of His goodness and love. It takes a strong man to appreciate and desire protection regarding the vulnerability of the women in his life. It takes a truly meek woman to encourage and respect masculinity in all of its determination. Today, we laugh at women who desire nothing more than to keep a home for His glory, and humiliate a man who desires to take charge for Christ's glory where darkness prevails. Yet, I think it's the element we are missing in our homes, our parenting, our love lives. Passion is sparked by these differences. Sin perverts, and don't misunderstand me...the bottom line involves love and a willingness to submit on both sides. Love covers every wrong, and in that sense, there is neither female nor male. But without these distinctions so long as we are on this earth, encased in this very frail, very partial flesh, we will never respect each other in the fullest sense intended by the divine Will.
~Whitney Ann Dotson
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