14 Reasons Gender Roles Are Important
The bible teaches that men and women have equal value but different roles. Here’s why it’s important for you to know your specific role as a man or a woman:
Everyone is male or female.
2) Satan Took Over Through Role Distortion
Sin entered the world through Adam’s abdication of his role to lead and fight for his wife. (Rom 5:12) In the leadership vacuum created by Adam, Eve, deceived by Satan (1 Tim 2:14), stepped outside of her God given role into Adam’s, leading Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. (Gen 3:6)
3) God Creates Distinction For A Purpose
God doesn’t create things haphazardly. His creation of two distinctly different genders implies the existence of two distinctly different purposes for each gender. Knowing correct masculine and feminine gender roles creates the possibility of fulfilling God’s specific purpose in creating the distinctive differences.
4) The Image Of God
Gen 1:27 speaks specifically of our gender imaging God: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Masculinity and femininity distinctly image God in different ways. It is therefore essential that we correctly walk out our specific gender roles, in order to present an accurate image of God.
5) God’s Will And Ways
The bible tells of God having a will (what he wants), and ways (the way he wants his will done). He was angry with the Israelites for not knowing his ways (Heb 3:10). It’s important not only to do what God wants, but to do what he wants, in the way he wants it.
6) Christ And The Church
Marriage is supposed to show everyone how Christ loves his church. (Eph 5:22-33) An accurate display of this beautiful picture is dependent on husbands and wives fulfilling their distinct roles in the relationship. The message of Christ’s love for his church is lost when husbands and wives abdicate or distort their distinctive roles in marriage.
7) Family And Children
Fathers and mothers have different roles in marriage and in raising their kids. How they walk out their roles has significant impact on their children and how they turn out.
8) Authority And Responsibility
Authority comes from taking responsibility. If you don’t know your responsibility as a man or a woman, then you can’t walk in your God given authority.
9) Confusion And Confidence
Confusion over gender roles causes a lack of confidence in our manhood or womanhood. Not knowing what I’m supposed to do as a man or woman, prevents me from knowing whether or not I’m actually doing what I’m supposed to do. And if I don’t know whether I’m doing what I’m supposed to do, I can’t walk in confidence.
10) Erosion Of Scripture’s Authority
The means of scripture interpretation used to arrive at the conclusion that there are no unique leadership roles for men in marriage and the church, is a dangerous path towards theological liberalism and the erosion of the authority of scripture.
11) To Prevent The Word Of God From Being Reviled
Titus 2:5 lists specific roles for a woman so “that the word of God may not be reviled”.
12) For The Angels
The bible says that one of the reasons for the outward distinction between men and women is for the angels (1 Cor 11:10). There’s a cosmic purpose in gender distinction.
13) Abuse And Overreaction
One of the reasons the topic of gender roles can be so sensitive to some is because of all the abuse and overreaction that’s taken place. Cowardly, chauvinistic men have been abusing women for centuries, causing the inevitable overreaction to feminism. Knowing correct masculine and feminine gender roles keeps people from accepting abuse and overreaction.
14) The Created Order
The majority of scriptures that inform the roles of men and women are either found in Genesis chapters 1-3 or point back to those chapters. This is important, because having these roles rooted in the created order means that biblical gender roles are not cultural, but rather part of God’s original intent for creation as revealed from the very beginning, in a setting untarnished by sin.
About Josh Christophersen
Josh is a software engineer, church planter, and blogger with a passion for helping people do their life well. He lives in KC with his wife and 7 kids.