Male and Female

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27

Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. – 1 Corinthians 11:11-12

Green Plants at Mercer Botanical Gardens | June 2018

On a recent airline flight I was distracted by a movie being played for a passenger in a seat across the aisle. I don’t know the name, nor can I even tell you the plot – except that it centered on three women’s antics with only a cameo appearance of a token male after one of the women had given birth.

I don’t want to draw too many conclusions about life or relationships between the sexes. But in the age of the “Me Too” movement, the transgender debates, sexual confusion, and outright sexual immorality, issues surrounding God’s creation of us humans as male and female abound.

Sexual purity as commanded by God is dismissed as old fashioned and out of touch by modern thinkers. St. Paul is considered by many to be a misogynist in regard to his direction about the role of women and wives.

There have been abuses on the part of those claiming to be followers of Jesus as well. Treating women as chattel or ignoring their needs in deference to men’s own selfish desires are but two examples. These do not honor what Paul teaches in these verses.

These words above call for a realignment of our thoughts about human sexuality. We – male and female – are created in the image of God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We have a clear identity not only as male and female, but as creatures of the Creator – to whom we will give an account. This cannot be escaped.

But when we acknowledge God as our Creator and align our ways with that which he says are good, we show ourselves to be his children and we will reap the blessings of his grace. We will neither lord it over one another in abusive attitudes and actions, nor malign one another by postures of independence and complaining.

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