Complementarianism, God’s Design, Gender roles
The Watch Dog may not be a sheep dog, but he’s fluffy like a sheep.
This series is a review of God’s Design, a children’s book which teaches children about complementarity. For an introduction of the book, click here. All of the underlined subtitles below are chapters from the book.
This is a very sad day, children. This is our last day to talk about God’s Design. I know, I know….we’ll get through this together. Today, we will talk about work and summarizing everything we’ve learned.
Made for Work
This chapter takes off by explaining how hard sheepdogs work. How appropriate is that for SSB?!
When I visited Ireland a couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of watching a herd of sheep driven down the road from one property to the other. The sheepdogs were definitely the workers. It was mesmerizing watching them run around the sheep making sure they all stayed moving in the right direction.
Just as sheepdogs are made for work, God designed men for work too (emphasis added).
Men are designed for work. Why is work a men’s only club? Because of Adam.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15 (ESV)
Yes, we are reading the Bible that literally. Men work because God put man in the garden to work.
So where does that leave women? Of course, Eve was not created for work the way Adam was. She was a companion to Adam’s work.
Eve was created for Adam, and Adam was created to work.
As a woman, I’m left to believe that my only purpose is to serve and please a man. I guess there can be no satisfaction in any work that I do. How do comps feel about women who are EMTs and save lives on the way to a hospital? Do they mind that she’s not home where she should be when she’s working on getting their heart started? …or a woman police officer … or fire fighter who works at protecting their home and neighborhood? Or, heaven forbid, a woman in the military who fights for our country’s freedom. Are comps looking down on them thinking, “She should be home encouraging and supporting her husband!” Please, don’t answer that.
Oh, but children, you need to work too! No time for play and rest, you little sluggard! Be like the ants and go to school, answer questions in Sunday school, rake the leaves, take out the garbage, and pray! Or, better yet, be like Chick-Fil-A owner, S. Truett Cathy. Seriously, could they pick a more obvious example of how a good Christian works?
God’s Good Design and You
The final chapter. Here is what we learned in this book:
#1…The way God designed male and female is very good.
#2…Men were designed to lead, provide, protect (home and church), be strong, be responsible, be self-sacrificing, take initiative and work hard.
#3…Women are designed to encourage, support and submit to those that God has put in leadership above them, be a helper, be a companion, be gentle, be cooperative, and care for others and home.
#4…If we do not follow God’s design it’s like choosing to eat a burnt hot dog over a beautiful meal. (Really!)
#5…If we trust Jesus we will want to follow God’s design.
#6…If we pray God will help us fight the battle of sin over a wrong view of manhood and womanhood. (Notice that homosexuality was never mentioned.)
And, that’s what this book has left us with. If you do not follow the complementary view of gender roles you are sinning and rebellious. Thank goodness the book ends with a call to accept Jesus. It must end with the gospel!
Thanks for joining me on this journey through God’s Design. We’ve had some great discussion along the way. I hope you have enjoyed (is that the right word?) this series. It sure has been eye opening. If you’re all up for another book series, I’d be happy to do it again (because I’m a sucker for punishment and I take one for the team). Make some suggestions and let’s see where we go next.
If you would like to read prior reviews on God’s Design, here are links in the order of the book chapters:
Know Thyself, Creature
Headship, Helper, and an Answer We Already Knew
Rebellion, a.k.a. It’s All Her Fault!
Teachings on Homosexuality as a Distortion of God’s Design
Examples of Complementarian Manhood and More Doublespeak
Examples of Godly Womanhood
Purity and Honoring God’s Design
Married/Single; Husband/Father; Wife/Mother
The Church and Learning About Things We Already Know