Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beauty in Submission- pt.3

Offended by the above picture? Offended by a male usurping the role of breastfeeding?  

Seems the La Leche League is offended too.  Won’t let him become a leader of their breastfeeding League, despite his whining.  Whining like a girl… cuz he actually is a girl. 

Actually a gender bender.  Actually a transgendered woman.  

A woman whose “breasts aren’t big enough for latching anymore”.  And whose hormone supplements has messed up her internal milk production.  So she has to supplement her minimized mammaries with an external tube now.  Feed her child with another mother’s milk. 

A pity that she can’t have the best of both worlds. Let’s have a pity party.

And that’s just what the gender benders want- the best of both worlds.  But as we can see, it simply doesn’t work all that well.  It is an idealism of mythical proportions.  It is simply NOT pragmatic.  

Now I had mentioned earlier of a similar hypocrisy from Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) - that they want the best of both worlds as well.  But that simply isn’t possible.  And they really wouldn’t want it even if it were possible. 

CBE would not really want to promote equal custody of children.  And would certainly not want to promote equal custody of un-weaned infants.   It would be an affront to their mammaries as well as their memories.   

You see, CBE recognizes the traditional value of role playing as well.  They realize that perfect equality is simply not possible physically. 

And women generally recognize that there is some distinct metaphysical difference as well.  Generally recognize that there is some debilitating sort of spiritual disposition (“desire”) that women continue to be bound by (Gen. 3:16).    Although they find that admitting such a predisposition is “frankly soul crushing”.  

And what about non-Christian egalitarians?  Well, they are hypocrites too.  They wouldn’t know what to do with absolute equality on a good day- let alone a bad day. 

Pragmatically speaking, do you think that they would always grant their ‘significant others’ a 50% vote in the home?  A 50% vote outside of the home?  In the garage? In the bedroom? Whether to have a job or not?  Whether to have children or not? Whether to abort their fetus or not? 
Indeed, they also recognize that an equal vote simply doesn’t work in many cases.  Too many stalemates with their mates.  Too little life and too little love.

Equality is simply not a viable option.  Not in the womb and not in the tomb… but it sure is fun to pretend, huh?  Pretend that that a female can actually be a male.

But we started this series merely talking of Christian ministry, right?  Where Christian women are merely seeking ‘equal opportunity in the church’, right?  Equal opportunity to ‘minister’, right? 

Yet opportunity was never the issue… authority was always the issue.    And as BADG and Mounce claim, there actually is an authority structure in the biblical church…  and Elders are that biblical authority. 

Elders are that headship in the church.  And as Waltke essentially says, ‘Elders have never been women and may not be women’ [or transgendered women for that matter].  And Waltke insists that women remain bound by a certain heirarchy. 

Bound by the word of God in their walk.
Bound by their fathers in their youth.
Bound by their husbands in their marriage.
And somewhat bound by the Elders in their church.  Somewhat bound to the extent that they may be removed from that particular church.   

Now, it is my understanding that women may indeed be ordained with the keys of a certain kingdom by their church elders.  May indeed be ordained to “bind and loose” sin and Satan (Matt. 16:19) with the preaching of the gospel.  May indeed be ordained to preach the gospel of that particular church (yet, how many Sunday school teachers are ordained?).  But as Matthew Henry comments on this Matthean verse, ordained and endorsed “only if they turn the key the right way”. 

Now to show this binding hierarchy, let’s have a look at that often neglected passage that Waltke brought up in our last post.  Let’s look at Numbers 30.  Words that “the LORD has commanded” (v.1). 
Words that I do not see abrogated this side of The Cross.  Yet words that CBE seems to think that Galatians 3:28 abrogates [this verse is actually only referring to salvation].

So, in Numbers 30 we see that a woman’s authority is restricted by her most immediate priest.  Bound by her father in her youth and later bound by her husband in her marriage.   And her authority is restricted not only by her husband inside her marriage, but surprisingly also by her husband OUTSIDE of her marriage (“when she becomes a widow or is divorced”- v. 9). 

So having lower church Elders ordain a woman for “lifetime service” [as we mentioned CMA now endorsing] is rather problematic, isn't it?    

Problematic since this is a temporal service subject to change.  Subject not only to a higher biblical authority (scripture, father, or husband) but also subject to the key being turned the right way.

It is like an enclave of Cardinals electing and binding a pope for “lifetime service”.  Yet- we know that many popes turned the alleged ‘keys of Peter’ the wrong way. Many popes became mad with power, became heretics, abdicated and were also deposed.  Their “lifetime service” was considerably less than “lifetime”.

But in this peculiar age of enlightenment and entitlement- women complain that submitting to a ‘higher biblical authority is “oppressive”.  Yet, what we can see from this Numbers passage- is that submitting can actually be quite liberating.

Indeed, submission to a ‘higher biblical authority’ can actually liberate women of various problems.  As Numbers 30 says, liberate women of various problems caused by “loose lips” (v. 6, 8,). 

Can liberate women from oppressive vows or obligations (v. 7, 10) that they might “rashly” make. Might rashly make because they are predisposed to “desire” (Gen. 3:16), “gullibility” (1 Timothy 2:14), “weakness” and “fear” (1 Peter 3:6, 7).

Submission can liberate women of an oppressive ordination.  Can liberate women from an oppressive servitude (the Old Testament insists on the liberation of slaves).  Liberate women from an oppressive organization or even an oppressive church. 

And can bring her under the care and control of a loving priest.  A priest who is physically and metaphysically ‘closer than a brother’.  A priest who can “annul” those rash vows (v. 8, 12).  A priest who loves her enough to “bear her guilt” (v. 15).   “And the LORD will forgive her” (v. 5, 8, 12).

And can you beat forgiveness?  Beat that liberation?

Beautiful, huh?  Beautiful submission.
The submission that Christ exemplified on the cross.  

Go and do likewise.

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