The truth concerning the structure of a healthy family unit upsets the average Westernized woman. Our modern feminist culture has deemed the strong male figure impotent, except for the purposes of satisfying the desires of the woman and occasionally the needs of the child. When ministers of the truth suggest that the healthy, stable family unit absolutely consists of a man as the head with the wife under proper subjection, the uproar proliferates with riotous potential. Ironically enough, biological science and Christian ethics, both of which most Americans claim to agree with, attest to the order of the family unit with the male as the head authority figure acting as one who shapes and molds the wife and children into what he desires them to be. While individuals who do not agree with science or Christian teachings may be able to support their disbelief with some type of opposing argument, all others who deem it untrue are either ignorant of the truth or are simply disillusioned victims of the effects of dysfunctional family structure.
In the Animal Kingdom, mammalian groups are almost always led and protected by the males of the species. Human beings are mammals, too. Human males also naturally possess 40% more upper body strength than females on average. Even the human pheromone Adrostenone, secreted in the sweat of human males, sends signals of aggression and domination to the brains of humans who inhale it. Male dominance and authority are biological.
Gender roles are also biological. Although modern civilization and technology provide options and choices for women, nature itself dictates that the woman be the primary childcare provider and that the man be the primary provider and protector of the family. Only a woman can birth a child, and her body even produces necessary food for the child. Human males, who are naturally stronger, are best equipped to provide food and shelter. Sure, modern advances allow women to choose their level of activity inside and outside of the home; however, that does not negate nature’s predetermined gender roles. Sometimes women have to do what they have to do; despite that fact, nature clearly shows us the best, most ideal family structure for optimal success.
While the overtaking of the secular world by feminist theory is understandable, even in spite of natural law, the rebellious attitudes of women who claim to subscribe to Christian ethics is inexcusable. The Bible clearly explains the authoritative role of the man in the family unit without ambiguity or relativism. The man is the pillar of the God-ordained family unit; the husband is empowered and thereby responsible to shape and mold the woman into a wife and then mold not only the boy into a man but the girl into a woman. That is why Satan works to remove the man from the home – the success of the entire family rests upon him. Without the strong male presence, the family and its members are automatically dysfunctional, and if you can’t simply look around you for proof that it’s true, the scriptures absolutely support this position.
1 Corinthians 11:3 says, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.” Furthermore, verses 8-9 go on to say, “For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” You might not like it, but the Bible clearly expresses that the purpose of the woman is directly linked to the man. As a whole, the Bible also supports the notion that the head of the unmarried woman is the father, and the head of the wife is the husband. There are even further implications that it is the father who teaches a girl to be a woman, and a husband who shapes and molds a woman into a wife. Titus 2:3-5 is often misinterpreted as proof that it is the role of the woman to raise young ladies into women, but to the contrary, this passage strengthens the argument that older women are to teach younger women how to operate within their various gender roles, but the graduation from youth to womanhood and womanhood to wifedom depend on the appropriate male presence, be it that of the father or the husband.
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Genesis 2:21-24 says, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Furthermore, Genesis 3:20 says, “And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Not only does Adam declare that his wife is a woman, but he even names her Eve. Anyone who has the authority to name something or someone is also empowered to shape that thing or that person. If the woman was indeed made for the man, it would only make sense that the man has the authority and the ability to shape and mold the woman into what he desires her to be. The Bible also says that the two shall become one flesh. Any merging of two things into one thing involves a degree of reshaping. It is clear that such shaping is the responsibility of the man, who is ordained by God to name and claim Eve as his wife.
There is even more scriptural reference concerning how Christian women are to subject themselves to their husbands. It is also true, however, that husbands are to subject themselves to their wives, albeit in a slightly different way. Both husband and wife are accountable to each other and are equal partners in the marriage; however, the fact remains that there is only one head, and there can be only one who is crafts and designs the family atmosphere and the family’s goals and objectives. That leader is the man, period.
More to come on the practical application of these natural and spiritual laws...
I.C. Jackson is my right hand sister in the One Network in Grand Rapids, Michigan.