Thursday, January 24, 2013

America's new low- women sent to fight

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense is announcing a lifting of the ban on women in combat today or tomorrow.This is a move being cheered by many who insist the ages old practice of not allowing women to fight on the front lines of battle is a violation of equal rights.

I am of the persuasion that it is part of God's design that men be protectors of women (and children), so the notion of sending women to fight national battles offends me.  More bluntly- even serious consideration about putting our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters on the front line of battle is an indicator of a culture teetering on the edge of destruction.

I am not saying women cannot serve in the military in some way, but rather they should not be sent in to combat.  The picture above is "Rosie the Riveter", celebrating the integral contribution of women in WWII where they were responsible for constructing many of the military vehicles and planes used in Europe against the Nazi's and Japan. There are plenty of biblical arguments about women not being formally charged with defending a nation or sent to combat (there are some cases where woman is called to "save the day", but these are clearly exceptions usually due to weak, unfaithful men).  John Piper has said quite a bit on this subject.  He really lays it out there when he said-

"If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea. Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women."

Adding to this, Piper wrote later-

"My whole position assumes that competencies and character are not the criteria for who fights the enemy. Women may be more courageous than men in any given situation. They may have nobler vision. They may be smarter. That is not the issue. What God has written on our hearts and designed for our survival and our joy is the issue. Manhood puts itself forward between the women and the enemy. That is part of what manhood means. That is who we are by God’s design. The courage of women will show itself in a hundred ways. But when a man is around, he will not exploit that courage to fight the battle where he belongs."

Lots of new lows for America these past several years.


Brad Phipps said...

I think it is just the natural progression of the whole equal rights doctrine. Most of this has come about by women and women's rights groups forcing the issue in the courts- not because there have a been a shortage of men willing to serve. It's a refusal to acknowlege the fact that God intended the sexes to occupy different roles. It's just another form of rebellion in that regard I guess. It happened in the garden- Eve took the lead while Adam sat on the sidelines without saying a word.

Woody Woodward said...

I think Brad said it much better that I would have. Praise be to the Super Phipps!