OK, ladies, I need to preface everything I am about to say with this …
You are not the “weaker sex.” Any thoughts I have concerning women in combat have absolutely nothing to do with any thought that you, as a gender, are less capable of serving in the military. Women can, and have, performed admirably in military roles around the world.
But even though the military has opened these jobs to women, should we require women – as the top officers in the Army and Marine Corps believe — to register for Selective Service, potentially opening America’s daughters, sisters and even moms to a future draft?
My answer is a resounding NO!
There are many that argue that if women want total equality, they should accept equality of risk, as well. I do not share this thought in the least. While I believe very strongly in equality of pay and opportunity, and a level playing field professionally, I also believe that the traditional gender roles are supported by common sense and Scripture. It is the duty of men to guard women, but not because they are “weaker.” Quite the contrary, because ladies are much stronger than us in certain areas. These are very important areas –and areas that should be guarded at all costs.
Let’s begin by looking at a passage out of Proverbs:
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” … Proverbs 31:25-30 (ESV)
Do we want to subject women — our repository of the teaching of kindness — to the possibility of being drafted into military service in a combat role? Do we wish to make women as base and war-like as men? If we allow equality to go this far, who will teach our children in the ways of kindness and godliness? In this, I feel that protecting women from this fate does not make them any less equal, but instead makes them more than equal. The world needs women of a Godly spirit to raise up future generations to expand the Kingdom of God on Earth, and this spirit is not fostered in a combat zone.
Let’s look at another passage:
For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of his body, the church; he gave his life to be her Savior. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything.
And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. And we are his body.
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. Ephesians 5:23-32 (NLT)
Here we see that the marriage relationship, the fundamental unit of the family and God’s plan for men and women, is likened to Christ’s relationship to the Church.
Men are called upon to lay down everything, even our lives if needed, in caring for our wives. Again, not because women are weak or frail, but because they have strengths and virtues that are worthy of being preserved. By maintaining these strengths, men become better, families become better, children are made better, and God’s plan is furthered. Here, too, these strengths and virtues are not furthered in a combat zone.
In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands, even those who refuse to accept the Good News. Your godly lives will speak to them better than any words. They will be won over by watching your pure, Godly behavior.
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty … You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God … In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. If you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard. 1 Peter 3:1-5, 7 (NLT)
Despite how it first may appear, it is clear that subjugation of women is not God’s will. Once again, we see that women have been given the very important role of softening men to God’s intentions. Women have been gifted with Godly kindness, wisdom and giving hearts, and they have been tasked with instilling these virtues in their men. It is readily apparent that the role women play is arguably – in many areas of life — more important in many ways than the roles played by men. I will submit one more time that these virtues are not fostered in a combat zone.
Scripturally, it is clear that subjecting women to the potential of being drafted into military service is not in keeping with God’s design. Do we really want our precious daughters, sisters and moms drafted into combat? What type of society does that?
Should women be permitted to serve in the military? Yes. I think that they should, but only by choice. But Selective Service registration and a draft for women in general? Absolutely not.
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