MEN AND WOMEN ARE CREATED DIFFERENT BUT EQUAL
By Akin Ojumu
Nothing is more dangerous, in my view, than a half-baked and ill-informed knowledge of Scripture. History is replete with examples of evil that has been unleashed on the world by an adulterated interpretation of Scripture. At various times over the centuries of human existence, men of evil intent have weaponized the Bible to cause extraordinarily great harm.
Genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, segregation, apartheid, white supremacy, and all kinds of witch-hunting are all tributaries of the putrid stream of the misinterpretation of the Word of God.
Kari Lake, the extreme MAGA far-right Arizona gubernatorial candidate, is just another one in a long line of the abusers of God’s Holy Word. Her argument that women are not equal to men is a craven political platitude uttered to win votes. The sentiment espoused by Ms. Lake corrodes everything that’s good and perfect about God and His Holy Word.
The idea that women are not equal to men is a perversion of the truth of the Word of God. There’s nowhere in the Bible to back up such an outlandish claim. Neither in the Old Testament nor in New Testament would you find where women are considered inferior to men in the eyes of God.
“He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them “mankind” on the day when they were created.”
It’s certainly true that men and women are biologically and functionally different. And it is also the case that each plays different roles in the family and society. Having said that, the role one group plays is of no greater importance than the role played by the other group. The role God creates a woman to perform is as important as the role of a man.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The fact that men and women are equal before God is a Biblical truth. The debate about equality of men and women before God is the idle pursuit of reprobate minds. The natural differences that exist between a man and woman is not an indication of differentials in equality. When men and women play their God-given roles, these differences become complementary and not subordinate.
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