Complement or Compete and our Man-Bashing Culture

Do you ever get tired of all the man-bashing that has been going on?  Everywhere I turn there is some new allegation of something or other.  The craziest one I heard was an allegation of abuse because the man made his girlfriend at the time wear red lipstick.  What?!  I know this is going to make some people angry, but it’s becoming harder and harder to believe everything that is being said.

For years, television shows have been making men look like idiots.  Watch your average sitcom, and you will see the man of the house acting like a dimwitted incompetent who cannot accomplish anything without a woman.  It is unfortunate because media is teaching our children that it is better to be a woman than a man.  It’s like there is a race and those with the most leverage wins no matter how they get that leverage.

I understand that the pendulum has swung full left.  For centuries, women were considered property by many cultures.  (The truth is that is still the case is some cultures; that is another story altogether.)  But why can’t there ever be a balance?

In the beginning there was a balance.  God created male and female, and He called His creation good (cf. Genesis 1:31).  God created male and female equal in His image (cf. Genesis 1:27).  God created male and female to be complementary of one another (cf. Genesis 2).  It wasn’t until the Fall that the relationship between male and female went from complementary to competitive (cf. Genesis 3).

And there have been problems ever since.

I am not sure if there will ever be a resolution to the age-old battle of the sexes.  We live in a fallen world, and that will not change until Christ returns.  There are many, many people in our current culture shaking their fists at God.  At some point, He is going to reveal his wrath, giving them up to their passions and debased minds (cf. Romans 1:18-32).

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)!

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