Many who read this remember a time when the Biblical order for the family was, in a general but real way, accepted and practiced by our society as a whole. It was not perfect, but neither was it a subject for debate. A typical family was a family; it had a mother, a father, and children. The father was the protector and provider, and the mother was the home keeper. It was not entirely unusual for a mom to work at a job outside the house, but still the father was mainly responsible for provision, and the mom mainly responsible for housekeeping and the motherly duties toward the kids. Women were honored and respected, as were men, both in their respective and equally important roles. This was true in Christian homes, but it was also true in society at large, since Christianity through our churches held great influence over society as a whole, and biblical standards were recognized for their value and authority.
Those times were on the trailing edge of a long, long period of time when these biblical roles were widely accepted with little debate. Then came a period of time when it became necessary to remind people of the biblical family order, followed rapidly by what we now experience: the time when people, including many Christians, do not need to be reminded, but need to be convinced of these truths. The family order is not dead, but it is weakened; the results are not good, and the report card is not yet in. There are a multitude of pressures moving us further and further away but at the heart of it all are the corrosive teachings of feminism, characterized by radical egalitarianism and blurring or reversal of the scriptural and cultural distinctives of male and female.
The Church has been under direct and deliberate attack by feminism for several generations. It gained force in the mainline denominations around the early 1970’s. It was not subtle; it was a direct, open campaign to transfer the spirit of the age from secular channels directly into the church. As congregants stood by in confusion and fear of ridicule…for being “out of touch with what’s going on in the world”…the feminist activists boldly grabbed the reins of power at the top levels of their denominations and did their work. Here is some interesting history (scroll down) on inclusive language in the United Church of Christ in the early 70’s. As a very important aside, it should be understood that revolutionaries place great emphasis on “changing the language”. Words are subtly and not-so-subtly shifted in meaning, or assigned entirely different meanings. This well documented tactic was developed, taught and used by the early Communists and Marxists in a very deliberate fashion. Using the UCC as a case study, see here where this led by 1993. The story is similar in most mainline denominations and increasingly in smaller denominations and independent churches.
Take a few minutes to explore the website of the UCC, and see where YOUR church is headed if you fail to correct, and if necessary excommunicate people who are pushing the teachings of feminism.