Former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Martin Dempsey have attempted to erase one of the last distinctions between men and women by “allowing” women to serve in combat units. Panetta stated, “Allowing women to serve in combat roles will strengthen the U.S. military’s ability to win wars.”
In spite of Panetta’s attempt to fabricate the truth, women in combat roles do not add anything to a nation’s defense in terms of combat effectiveness. As a rule, women have not played a major part in combat throughout world history for the same reason they do not play professional football; they do not perform as well as men in these roles. Sadly, one need only look at domestic abuse cases to see that in general, women are physically weaker than men.
To be clear, there are women who can pass current combat unit physical standards, but that does not mean they should be allowed in the units or in combat. Although, women do not add much to our nation’s defense in terms of combat effectiveness, and will most likely degrade it, the main reason women should not serve in combat is because it is against God’s order for the universe. Women are to be respected and protected, not competed against and shot at.
Gender roles, like many things taken for granted as part of the founding culture, were not addressed in the Constitution. But, if we as a nation are looking to the Constitution to address every aspect of our lives we are missing the point. The founders understood the Bible fulfills that purpose, because the wisdom to establish America, as the most successful nation in history, came from their biblical worldview. We must also look for guidance and direction on how to live our lives and what public policies we should pursue from a proper interpretation of the Bible.
To do this, we must interpret the Bible as it was meant to be understood, being careful not to add anything to or subtract anything from what it says. After doing this, we must follow its clear dictates without using human reason to justify personal positions or desires.
Many people today look at gender roles as an equality issue, but the issue is not that men are better than women, or that women are better than men; they are different and we should celebrate those differences instead trying to obliterate them.
Women were created by God to be helpers to men and, as women know, all men need help. This is neither a tyrannical invention of men nor a curse bestowed by God, but the single purpose for which God created women.
Men and women are equal in creation, in the fall, and in redemption. We are all made in the image of God, and the image of God is revealed in both men and women. Our gender oneness reflects our triune God and His creation, because God designed everything in creation for unity. He made everything to fit together with everything else. Adam was unable to make more image bearers of God without Eve, and Eve was unable to do this without Adam. It is only through their unity they are able to fulfill God’s dominion mandate.
Men and women are also both equally guilty in the fall because they both broke God’s Law: they both ate of the forbidden fruit, and they both tried to cover themselves up. One gender was not more culpable than the other, but Adam is more responsible for the fall than Eve, because Adam understood what he was doing whereas Eve was deceived.
For this reason, God curses them individually, by gender and it is from these curses we get a better understanding of the roles God intended each gender to play. “Because Adam listened to the voice of his wife” instead of the commands of God, God cursed Adam’s primary sphere of stewardship, to cultivate the ground, which is labor outside of the home. God also cursed Eve’s primary sphere of stewardship, child birth, but after doing so He reinforces His divine order to have the husband rule over the wife.
This divine order is revealed in the Genesis story before the fall. God created man for the purpose of cultivating and keeping the garden in order to transform it into an earthly temple in which God will dwell with man. Man is defined according to this purpose and before Eve arrives we see Adam exercising authority over God’s creation. “God formed every beast of the field and bird of the sky and brought them to Adam to name and whatever Adam called them it was its name.”
Next we see that Adam does not have a helper “suitable” for him. So God caused Adam to go into a deep sleep, then He took one of his ribs and from his rib He fashioned a woman and brought her to Adam. Adam names her woman, because she “is bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.” In naming her, Adam is exercising authority over her and from this it is clear Eve was created under Adam’s domestic government as his “helper” and she cannot be defined outside the purpose for her creation or from whom she was created.
Woman was given to Adam by God, and Adam names her and what he named her is what she was called. She is of the man, to the man, for the man and is named by the man, which is ordained by God and is all very good. Adam names her in oneness to himself and his words are an exercise of his authority over her. His naming of her is also an obedient act to God. This is God’s express design and purpose for women.
Further support of this is found in Jesus referring to Adam and Eve as historical figures and in the divinely inspired words of Paul: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, …, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.” “For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake.” “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man,…” “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church,…” “Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.”
We must also recognize, women fulfilling their role, as man’s helper, is not a one sided proposition. It not only fulfills men’s needs, it fulfills women’s needs as well. Cooperation with another to achieve a common goal is how work is accomplished and positions of subordination are critical to every task. Subordination is not an inequality of humanity. An employer is no more human than one of his employees and men are no more human than women.
To fulfill their God given role, women should never be the boss of men, they should not be the rival or competitor of men, and they should not be out to achieve a different agenda then men. Instead, they should be the helper of men in fulfilling the dominion mandate.
This does not mean woman cannot or should not work outside the home. Women’s primary role is domestic, but she is not restricted to it just like men are not prohibited from helping in the home as some men may desire their wives to believe.
In the description of the worthy woman from Proverbs 31, she works outside the home, but in doing so she does not neglect her primary sphere of stewardship. Before wives decide to work outside the home, they should discuss it with their husband to determine the effect it will have on their family and God’s mandate for us.
To modern Americans, all of this may sound archaic, chauvinistic and unreasonable. Many may say women should be defined by their job and the money they make, not by men. Yet, such thoughts are not in submission to God’s will and they lead to death and disorder, which is to say they are perverted. In order for women to be defined by their job they must abandon the job God has given to them.
Each one of us, men and women alike, must recognize the nobility and critical importance of women’s God given role. Her role is vital and should not be diminished. Stable marriages and healthy families are essential to sustaining a population and guaranteeing posterity. Without enough women fulfilling their God given role, birth rates decline below what is required to sustain a nation and in time the nation commits cultural suicide. If not enough children are born to maintain the nation then the nation will die.
Placing women in combat is just another step into cultural oblivion. It may be too late to reverse this course and perhaps it is what we deserve for the seeds we have sown.
Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity. For a nation that now sacrifices its unborn children for sexual promiscuity and freedom to choose pleasure over responsibility, it is easy to also sacrifice their women for the illusion of gender equality.
 Leon Panetta, January 24, 2013.
 Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Revelation 22:18-19
 Genesis 2:18
 Genesis 1:27
 Alan Dunn, Distinctive Femininity: Helper, September 11, 2011.
 1Timothy 2:14
 Genesis 3:17
 Genesis 2:5, 15
 Genesis 2:19
 Genesis 2:20
 Genesis 2:21-22
 Genesis 2:23
 Alan Dunn, Distinctive Femininity: Helper, September 11, 2011.
 Matthew 19:4-6
 Titus 2:3-5
 1 Corinthians 11:8-9
 1 Timothy 2:12
 Ephesians 5:22-23
 Colossians 3:18
 Charles Spurgeon