Desiring God, Complementarianism, God’s Design, Femininity
Remember how Greg Morse at Desiring God took a trip to Disney World? Did he return home with happy memories spent with his family? Who knows, because we are left to digest his lamentations of men who spoke with lisps and soft mannerisms, men who were effeminent, and strong women (of which we spent time discussing here).
Surprise! It seems that we were all misunderstanding Greg Morse. Honestly, I’m getting tired of being told I misunderstand anything John Piper or the folks at DG talk about. I think I understand pretty clearly the intent behind the words, and Greg Morse isn’t proving any differently.
In his recent article, If God Gives Me a Daughter, Greg states that he listened to some Christian women he respects share their “confusion” over his article. These confused women seem to want to know what he thinks about biblical femininity. He then states that women are not less valuable then men, it’s acceptable for a woman to be industrious and productive, men do need women, and we should celebrate strong women in the Bible.
This may be what leaves people confused and trying to understand what Mr. Morse and DG has said in other articles: there are biblical references to strong women and they should be celebrated. All of this sounds good, but then Morse finishes out the article with:
Some women of the world tempt our daughters to see the cultivation of the home as a career failure, motherhood as a backup plan, and submission to a husband as unquestionably intolerable. The spirit of the age tempts them to trade gentleness for roughness, refinement for crudeness, diversity for homogeny. Even their awesome ability to give life to new humans has been despised as a burden, rather than prized as the unsurpassed glory it is. In serpentine fashion, God’s design is questioned into unbelief and tragic rebellion.
Bearing our similarities and differences is about God (Genesis 1:27), and the re-sharing of the gospel through different relationships like marriage and the church (Ephesians 5:22–33). We do not just happen to have different roles based on arbitrary cultural preferences. God made us fearfully and wonderfully different. Equal before our Lord (Galatians 3:28), complementary in representing him in the world.
Greg Morse can talk all he wants about how it’s acceptable to have a strong woman such as Jael, a bold woman such as Abigail, or a woman who risks her life such as Esther. It all sounds good, right? In the end, Greg Morse is writing at Desiring God who defines the primary purpose of a woman (biblical femininity), especially wives (of which all, except one, of Greg Morse’s examples are) is to submit to men. Not only submit to men, but to “honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts,” and submit to the authority of men who oversee the church.
If Greg Morse thinks that there is a different purpose for women, then he should not be writing at Desiring God. But he doesn’t, and therefore, we are not “confused” women. We fully understand the intent and purpose behind his writing.