In this sermon, I make a passing comment highlighting the inappropriateness of women serving in the military. The military is a domain of men.
I’m not saying this because I have some sort of grudge. One of my absolute favorite women in the world served the United States of America in the Air Force, as an officer! I do think there are many important ways civilians can play supporting roles for the military, but the military itself should be exclusively male.
To make such comments publicly is considered offensive and insensitive and backwards by many.
Satisfyingly, I got to read Isaiah 19 today.
Verse 16 reads, “In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which He is going to wave over them.”
What’s the situation?
A threatening force, the most threatening force possible, God himself, is coming against the Egyptians.
How do the Egyptians respond?
They will become like women. Does that mean that they’ll be beautiful and kind and caring? Nope. It means that they will become scaredy cats before this foe, trembling in dread as the hand of the LORD of armies is waved over them.
Now, their response to God coming against them in wrath is not unique. God’s enemies always quake when he says, “Enough!”, and comes with his fury.
It’s the connection made that is relevant for this topic. God says that becoming like women in battle is becoming overcome by fear and trembling in battle.
As guys, we know that this is an obvious connection. We’ve grown up making it. We don’t need taught to yell at that soft teammate, “Don’t be a girl! Man up!” Sadly, many have been educated right out of their britches and so have forgotten the obvious. And many are cowards, not willing to say what they know to be true because feminists will get angry and start marching around in pussy cat hats.
Why is it inappropriate for women to be in the military?
Because you want men in the military to act like men, not like women. And women acting like men is unnatural and wrong.
In Isaiah 19:16 says that these dudes are going to act like women, and that means something—being soft in battle. And 1 Corinthians 16:13 says, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” And that actually means something—acting like a man means being firm and strong.
If the Biblical account of the order of creation and its implications for our lives hurts your feelings, know that you are just a creature. When God speaks, and your feelings are against what he says, kill your feelings and take hold of his word in faith. Hurt feelings are not the determiners of truth and error. Oftentimes, when reading the Bible, our hurt feelings show us that we’ve been believing something horribly wrong and need to change.
Furthermore, contemporary social conventions and nice things we were taught by school teachers are flaccid and impotent as arguments against God’s words. They’re hot air ammo in a gun fight. You need bullets in a gun fight. So forget about what “tolerance” tells you is right, figure out what the Bible says, believe it, and put it into practice.