On January 23rd the Military opened all combat assignments to women. This has been a long time coming. When I resigned from the Navy in 1978 I gave as part of my reason “the admission of women to the US Naval Academy.” Not many people joined me. My thinking at the time was that either the nation was not serious about the combat mission of the service academies or was serious about putting women in combat. In either case I wanted nothing to do with it.
As I reflect on this sustained course of madness, I realize the fact is that we are simply following the inexorable logic of our decision to walk away from God.
God created mankind as man and woman for a reason. That reason was to reflect God’s own nature in creation.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27
God is triune. The three persons of the Trinity are so united in love that they are just as much one as they are three, and we can truly say there is only one God. This is imaged in marriage where man and woman become “one flesh” producing yet more life.
In his rebellion against God each man (and each woman) seeks to be his own self-sufficient god. The fact that men and women are complimentary parts of a whole and need each other is a problem for their self-centeredness. One way of dealing with this has been for men to oppress women and regard them as lower than human, maybe somewhere between men and animals. This is common in paganism. Another more modern way is feminism, which ironically agrees with paganism that true womanhood is inferior and focuses on making women just like men. The “women in combat” gambit is just the latest example of this need for symbolic sameness. Perhaps the ultimate way is homosexuality where even the most obvious and irreducible complimentary biological functions of men and women is denied.
In addition to the married state being the image of the Godhead, it is also an image of the relationship between Christ and His Church. This is described in Ephesians 5:22-33. We note in particular Ephesians 5:25,
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”
It is Christ who gives his life for the Church, not the other way around. All Christian societies have always assumed that men have the duty to protect their women and if necessary give their lives for them. The men on the Titanic, and before them the men on the Birkenhead, became famous for the saying “women and children first,” willingly giving their lives to save even unrelated women, and reflecting this noble and godly ethic.
When a society turns its back on God it progressively becomes more debased, contemptible, and worthless, as God gives it up to dishonorable conduct and final destruction. Is a nation where the men think nothing of sending their women to do their fighting worth fighting for?
There is a storm of judgment coming. Yet even now there exists in America a sizeable number who morn for the ruin of our moral and spiritual state. It is not yet a time for despair and resignation. It remains a time for courage and steadfastness. Here is my verse for today:
“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.” Proverbs 10:25