Role with it!

“Eeeewww! What an effeminate hairstyle that man has!”

“Mummy, is that a man or a lady?”

“I can’t find feminine and modest clothes anywhere!

Sound familiar? You only have to step out your front door to be bombarded with the mixed up worldviews of the culture we live in. The roles of men and women are totally muddled up in our society, and Christians are, sadly, buying into the lies our world would have us believe about how men and women are to live. We live in a world where women are signing up to be in the army and men are training to be midwives, and where the term “househusband” is seen as normal; a place where often it is hard to tell if a person is male or female. We live amongst people that are insecure and confused about who they are and what they should live for. Surely as Christians seeking to be “children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation” (Phil. 2:15), we should be trying to change this; starting with our own hearts. 

God has given men and women separate roles; just look at the first few chapters of Genesis, for example. Man was made in the image of God and woman was made to be a helper for him. We were “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) as men or as women.  As the book “So Much More” puts it, “Both men and women are called to be soldiers for Christ, but we are commanded to do so in different realms”.  The Bible has much to say about our roles as Christians, whatever situations we are in. Some examples are what your role is as a young man (Titus 2:6-8), or as a wife (Eph. 5:24), or whilst you are living under your parents roof (Eph. 6:1), or as a widow (1 Cor. 7:33). Study what the Bible says about your status in life. If you don’t know what your role is, look it up; find the verses relevant to what God has called you to be. The Bible is not silent on how we are to live for Him.

We are to live as we are called. 1 Corinthians 7:17 and 24 say, “But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk...Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.” So then I encourage you to accept the role that God has given you, and to serve Him faithfully and with gladness. Not only to obey our holy God, but to set an example for a very confused world.

By Elspeth McLachlan  

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  1. Great article, Elspeth! It is so sad that the roles of men and women are so badly muddled in our society today; and as you said, as Christians we should be trying to change this by examining our own hearts, and turning to what the Bible has to say about our roles as Christians.

    Of course, our roles as young people now will be somewhat different to our roles when we are older and perhaps as married men and women - but the Bible, as you said Elspeth, is not silent on these matters for young or older people, whether we are male or female.

    Thanks again, Elspeth, for an excellent article!

  2. This reminds me of a discussion my family was having with some friends over the weekend - we were talking about whether of not it's okay to be 'politically incorrect' and say the truth evem when you know it's going to be offensive to non-Christians. It started with how you deal with homosexuals challenging on what the Bible says about that issue but we digressed into whether 'watering down' what the Bible says/what you believe is acceptable so as not to turn people away or offend them. It was interesting discussion! Does any one have opinions on this...?


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