One thing my father taught me and taught me well was to honor my mother. I did not dare to disrespect her in any way, lest I face his wrath. But even more than that, he modeled for me what it was to love and honor my mother. By extension, he taught me what it looks like to honor all women as women. So you will understand my reaction to what I read this morning...
Amen! Amen! Amen!
That's what my heart was saying as I read a newly released little article by John Piper entitled "Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice."
We live in a military community and many of you are in the military yourselves. That fact makes us on the front lines of this issue. What issue, you ask? The issue of women in combat. Here is how Piper begins: If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed. For most of history, in most cultures, he would have been utterly scorned as a coward to promote such an idea. Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women. How true. Any man with a speck of God-given decency in his soul would rather die than let a woman go into danger.
Consider the closing lines by Piper: What cowardly men do we thank for this collapse of chivalry? Browne suggests, “There are a lot of military people who think women in combat is a horrible idea, but it’s career suicide to say it.” In other words, let the women die. I still have my career. May God restore sanity and courage once again to our leading national defenders. And may he give you a voice.
This is a challenge directly for us, HCBC. If we don't have the manliness to address this issue, who will? Godly men are not cultural cowards.