The Irrefutable Difference Between Men and Women
In the world of feminism, sex and gender have become two separate entities… sort of. Since the irrefutable scientific and empirical evidence shows that males have penises/XY chromosomes/higher levels of testosterone, and females have vaginas/XX Chromosomes/higher levels of estrogen, they have decided to remove all physicality from gender. Sex is sex but gender, well, gender is different. Gender in feminism means that you are what you feel and express, and not what your body exhibits. There is no authority on the issue except personal experience, with an extra-special preference on those whose experience is different than what is accepted in traditional circles. While feminism often rejects the idea of a male/female binary, feminists have continually demonized the “patriarchy” which, to be fair, has been mainly comprised of men—men who are, well, men. Definition is dependent on convenience to a world view instead of reality.
Feminism has claimed itself as the expert on all sexual issues; from human rights, to reproductive rights, to the correct definition of male and female, to the separation of gender and sexuality. I’m not going to condemn all forms of feminism in all areas and all times, I think it needs to be called out for it’s bogus claim to total and final authority of sexual issues; and the Church needs to be especially aware of this false claim. As Christians, we believe that God, not popular belief, nor social movement is the authority on sexuality. People will feel different ways, but feelings are not a conclusive fact. As Christians, there will be times when we are required by our Lord and Savior to reject popular opinions and even our own thoughts. Although feminism seeks to promote justice, it does not hold the Author of Justice as it’s authority, and that is it’s downfall. Plenty of modern Christians are seeking to change the way sex and gender are approached in the Church for a variety of reasons. Some are trying to merely eliminate “judgemental” attitudes, while others are trying to establish female pastors and priests, or even promote homosexual marriage. Regardless, feminism is a line of thought that often rejects Christianity, and using a feminist lens in scriptural exegesis is both misleading and unhelpful.
So how is all of this applied in the Church? For one, we are to be on our guard against lies of the age. We are to trust God, and not the world. We are to trust the words of Scripture and the beliefs of the Church throughout the ages, and not the trends of society. Many of us who stand against these things will face persecution, accusation, and abandonment. What is important to remember is that Christ is with us in our persecution; that the accusations against us are demonic and will not stand the test of time; and that we will never be abandoned by the one who loves us and knows us from our deepest thoughts to our DNA.
Do men and women exist as a perfect binary system? Absolutely, 100%, yes. They are created by God for specific purposes, callings, and roles. Any teaching different is a deviation from the Church and nature. Make no mistake, this is not God playing favorites. This is God proclaiming His Good and perfect will in the Church. As evil as destroying gender is, the root of this evil is a choice to choose the flesh over the Spirit. It is idolatry and infidelity.
It might sound contrary to some brothers and sisters in the faith, but this is the perfect time to submit our wills to God’s. The more we let go of what sounds correct to us, and more we trust in scripture and the tradition of the Church, the more insight we will gain into God’s coming Kingdom. When we experience a transformation of the Holy Spirit instead of conforming to the ways of the world, the Church experiences a joyful moment of growth. Suddenly, we are in line with the perfect will of God. We do and believe things that others will not understand, but we will know what is right and true because of the love and connection we have to the Creator of creation. Ask for the guidance of the Spirit, you will find yourself transformed.
“When the Sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.” ~St. Basil the Great
“Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels and the saints—they are your public.” ~St. John Vianney
Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created. ~Genesis 5:2
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”