“Biblical” Masculinity and Femininity? (Allberry)

It’s gotten to the point that I’m hesitant to use the terms biblical masculinity or biblical femininity. Too often people have cultural, victorian, or classical views of masculinity or femininity that don’t exactly correspond with Scripture. To be sure, there are not two versions of Christianity, one for men and one for women. Men and women are equally called to repent, trust in Christ, and obey him as they follow him hand in hand with other Christians. Anyway, I appreciate what Sam Allberry wrote about this:

A while ago a friend told me of a Christian homeschooling textbook that purported to teach what the Bible says about what it means to be a man or a woman. Various traits for both were presented, along with some accompanying Bible verses as justification. One of the assertions about women was that they are to be dainty. But with this assertion, there was no Bible verse to back it up – presumably because no search Bible verse exists. And yet this trait was still listed, because those behind the textbook evidently thought daintiness is the sort of thing the Bible should say characterizes a woman.

It is very easy for Christians, often without realizing it, to go further than the Bible says. We each have our own deep sense of what constitutes true masculinity and femininity, and we can all too easily assume that sense has come from the Bible, especially if we’re holding it in contrast to what a wider, secular culture around us might be saying. But what seems obvious and instinctive to us about the nature of men and women might reflect our own cultural prejudices more than what the Bible actually says.

So we must be careful about saying that all men are all women should be this way or that way, or that men should be interested in these things and women in those things. More often than not we will not find these view in the Bible.

Sam Allberry, What God Has to Say about Our Bodies, p. 73-74.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

One Reply to ““Biblical” Masculinity and Femininity? (Allberry)”

  1. Nothing wrong with those terms, Brother. The Bible articulates different roles and conduct for both sexes. While I agree with what Allberry writes here, I have to take it in the context that he seems to be on an agenda to see confusion about biblical sexuality.

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