Women In Combat And Male Cowardice
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Recently the U.S. Military announced it was ending its policy of excluding women from combat and that it was going to open combat jobs and direct combat units to women. The move overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Ironically in the same hour, presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett tweeted that “If there’s one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting women from violence.”
If there’s one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting women from violence. Congress needs to pass the Violence Against Women Act.
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) January 23, 2013
Obviously, the administration doesn’t view military combat as violence that women need to be protected from.
Ephesians five talks about the masculine role of sacrificial love to save and protect women. God has called men to be dragon slaying warriors who rescue women from danger, not bureaucratic cowards who send women out to fight their battles.
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And this isn’t to say that women aren’t tough or capable. That’s not the point. I watched my wife give birth to seven children without pain medication. I would never argue that women aren’t tough, strong, or fighters. I have a great deal of respect for what a woman can do.
And respect is exactly what I think a lot of this topic comes down to. Sending women into combat is indicative of how far our respect for women has fallen. I respect the dignity of a woman far too much to let her fight for herself. Women should be treated like queens. A real man would never let the Queen fight, even if she wanted to. He would instead do everything within his power to protect her from the battle, even if it meant laying down his own life to do so.
The feminist egalitarian way of thinking requires women to be equal with men in their roles, therein requiring them to fight for themselves, just as men do. But women were never meant to fight for themselves. They were meant to be fought for by men. The problem is that now days, many women don’t believe that they are worth being fought for.
It’s up to men of courage to show them they still are.
SEE ALSO: John Piper wrote an excellent post on this topic.
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.