5 - BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS...OVER WHAT THE CHURCH SAYS
While culture is bent on making women superior to men, there are some Christians and churches that are bent on making women inferior.
It's important to think about what we are taught, even in the church, by trusted leaders, to make sure it aligns with the Word of God. There is a really damaging message going around in some circles that goes something like this, “Men are in control of everything except their own sexual desires.”
Ok, first, men aren't animals. Men do not get a pass on sexual sin. They are 100% expected to control their desires and bodies. Need some proof? Check out Romans 13:14, Col. 3:5, Eph. 5:5, Phil. 4:8, 1 Thes 4:3-8, Heb. 13:4...the list goes on...
Don't buy the lie that men aren't held to the same standard as you and me when it comes to sin. Any sin. That will cause you to resent them greatly. Secretly, perhaps, but still greatly.
You are responsible to handle your body with honor. So are they.
Second, men aren't in control of everything. Yes, they are called to some specific roles of leadership that we aren't but if you really understand leadership you know that leadership doesn't mean "control" at all. Leadership means sacrifice, the never-ending mental burden of responsibility and consistently trying to balance the best interests of those you lead. You also know that all leaders still answer to someone and that leadership can be extremely wearisome.
So they don't get a free "power pass" either, just because they are men, as some say. If you believe that, you will likely begin to resent men, for just being men.
For the sake of this blog, I'm not going to chase rabbits and get into things like submission, women in leadership, etc. My point here is simple: Men and women are held to the same standards and given the same amount of respect in the Kingdom of God.
Believing anything less will put an unhealthy twist all your relationships with men.
I want to enjoy the fullness of life. I want that for you, too. That always comes from finding God's Truth and choosing to believe it.
God didn’t mess up on men. He didn't mess up on their calling. He also didn’t mess up on women. He knew exactly what he was doing when He made one of us from Mars and the other from Venus. So if we have a different take on that at all, the problem is with our thinking and our sinful (or wounded) heart. God is never wrong. He said it was good...it is good.
Sadly, when we harbor ill thoughts or feelings towards any group based on their gender WE MISSING OUT ON ENJOYING THE BLESSING OF GOD'S PERFECT DESIGN: The blessing of companionship, the blessing of encouragement, the blessing of learning, the blessing of teamwork, the blessing of growth, the blessing of intimacy, the blessing of service, the blessing of laughter and fun (because let's be honest, the menfolk provided a lot of that.) The blessing of BEING A BLESSING.
So, let’s get our minds right. Let’s push back against the voices of culture, the wounds delivered by a fallen world, and our own sin within.
Let's not be robbed of enjoying this wonderful creation called...MEN!