It’s March 8th, which means that women will likely be parading the streets of busy cities raising signs and demanding equality. The theme this year is “The Time is Now,” emphasizing the urgency of feminism and showing the persistence of these women. Originally, back in the early 1900s, this was a day made to draw more attention to the long hours and difficult work conditions of women, but today it has become a day for women to protest and show how they are living unfair and unequal lives compared to the men around them. They wish to be equal in the sense that they wish to be treated exactly the same as men. Same expectations, same responsibilities, and same roles. This movement influences women all around the globe to abandon the biblical principles and the roles they were created for.
If it is anything like last year, some women may encourage each other to not go to work or purchase anything today in an attempt to show the impact that women have on the workforce and the economy. In reality, if all women decided to quit their jobs, yes we would lose many hospital employees, teachers, etc., however, in the long run, men would simply replace them and the economy would stabilize again. It would even lower the unemployment rate. No big deal. This by no means infers that women are unessential. Imagine removing all women, not just from the workforce, but from the world.
Every single woman. Gone.
The elimination of all women leads to the elimination of all people. The same can be said about men. That is the beauty of God’s faultless design.
For human life to thrive, it requires both a man and a woman. This isn’t a statement that needs to be proven or debated, it’s a simple fact. A verse we are familiar with, Genesis 2:18 (ESV) says, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'” God created man and woman, each as crucial as the other and each made in His image. When God describes the woman as a helper, He does not condemn her to a life of inferiority but shows her how the man is incomplete without her. Adam lacked any companionship and was inadequate without his counterpart. Woman was created because, as it says in verse 20, “…But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.” Clearly, not just anyone can fulfill that role, it has to be someone fit for that special role. If you have ever put together a puzzle, you know that two identical puzzle pieces will not fit together. The woman supplies the man with what he lacks and fills the roles that God created for her, making her the perfect complement. Women shouldn’t simply accept their roles as helpers, but they should be honored to be chosen for such a place that only they can fulfill.
A world without women would be a world without perfect complements.
A world without women would be a world without the loving and nurturing touch of mothers.
A world without women would be a world incomplete.
I fully support the idea that women are valuable and should be treated with respect and dignity, but that idea of mine isn’t something I came up with, it originates in the Bible. God was the One to place original value in a woman, and she should not be afraid to delight in her role despite the judgment she will receive from the worldly women around her. A woman having value isn’t a new concept the feminists came up with even though they act as if it is. Instead of a woman working to prove to her husband how much he needs her (as if it is a competition), men and women should openly tell each other how much they need one another and admit how incomplete their lives would be without one another.
International Women’s Day should not be a day where women strive to prove how necessary they are, but a day that we can honor all the God-fearing women. The women who educate themselves in Scripture and who bring glory to Christ by fulfilling the roles He made for them. Take this day to celebrate the perfect, yet different strengths and weaknesses that God has given to women. Thank the women in your lives who have served as exemplary women of God.
Soli Deo Gloria.