Is gender fluid and non-binary or determined at birth? Is marriage still relevant? How does the Supreme Court decision to recognize same sex marriages influence our understanding of marriage? Are gender roles a thing of the past? We live in a time when long-held assumptions are now being rapidly redefined.
Now more than ever we need a God-inspired vision for marriage, parenting, and living together as gendered humans, men and women, in God’s world. Last Sunday, we turned to Eph. 5:22-6:4 for a biblical vision for marriage and parenting, seeing that God designs marriage to be a theater to display His covenant-keeping love and parenting for a display of His multi-generational love.
What about gender roles in marriage and church? Author Kathy Keller writes, “How does one talk pastorally and compassionately to twenty-first-century people so that the notion of gender roles is presented not as an embarrassing antiquity the church is stuck with but as a gift, meant for our good?”