It seems that every Christian man is abundantly aware of it, we have a sin nature. Everything was sailing along for me until I started my early teens and puberty kicked in, and then things got complicated. Basically, by the time I was 16 I was aware that this new problem wasn’t going away and it often left me racked with guilt. If it wasn’t that it would have been my urge to go settle a dispute by punching someone. God made testosterone, and testosterone makes me aggressive in all kinds of socially unacceptable ways, (it also makes me want to initiate and lead). At the end of the day, it is the strength of my sin nature AND a blessing from God. Without my masculinity I know that I wouldn’t be in the position to do His will in my life. The old man dies, the new man (in Christ) uses the tools that God has given him. I say all of this to confirm that all men have a sin nature:
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Here is the rub, so have all women. The dirty little secret is that ALL WOMEN have a sin nature too. It is just as selfish and nasty as the man’s, just as lethal to the soul. When looking at this from the Christian perspective the argument “Not All Women Are Like That” (NAWALT) is blatantly opposed to the scripture. Yes, they are. They might not act out violently as men do, they might not have issues with lust, but they very much have a sin nature. Standing in the wreckage of a society where “traditional” Christians are divorcing at a rate around 38% with 80% of those being filed by women I would say that there is culpability all the way around.
So what is that base nature that all women have? How is it identified and addressed by the Church? Here is a suggestion:
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Reading this as an address to real problems faced by real women it would seem that God wants us to deal with these issues, here’s how I see them addressed by many today:
Lying/Bearing False Witness: We can’t have abusers getting away with abuse, so even if a few innocent men have their names dragged through the mud it is probably protecting a few women from being abused somewhere. So this is a good thing, it keeps Christian men on their toes!
Drunkenness: This is a disease. Women do this to mask the scars of childhood abuse or adult victimhood. If women do get drunk it’s probably because some man was trying to corrupt them. It’s not their fault.
Lack of Love: Promiscuity is just a part of our culture. Is it any wonder that when a woman has slept with a dozen or more men that she is going to be a sexual dopamine junky and won’t ever “feel” love towards any man (or child). If she doesn’t “feel” love, it is his fault for not making her feel loved. It is the husbands fault.
Modesty: Women now have a right to wear what they want when they want to wear it, keep your lusting eyes to yourself. This wouldn’t be a problem if he just kept his eyes to himself. Why would we even want to talk to women about that.
Chastity: Monogamy? It’s your body sweety. You should be haaapy.
Stay at home: What do you think this is the 18th Century? Women who stay at home are betraying the sisterhood and are surely being dominated by their male chauvinist husbands. What are you going to do when he leaves you?
Obedience, submission: What are you into some sort of sick domination scene? Are you a masochist or something?
And so, the modern feminist “older” women is forging ahead in the Church, instead of taking on the charge that the Bible gives them they have turned into a new class of indulgence saleswomen. At the same time they have taken on the problems of pornography and lust in men (hey they have to have something to do with all of their spare time). This is a clear perversion of their calling, the fruit of which is in abundance throughout the Church where it has made contact with the heresy of feminism. Feminists have been taught, in a very subtle manner that they shouldn’t have to die, that dying is for fools and victims (and women should be done with being victims). Feminism in seeking to “empower” women has taken away the power of the Cross. Instead of having women giving up their lives they are going for the gusto, gaining the whole world but losing their soul.
We often want to ignore that any of these issues are a real problem for women, a glance at the divorce rates sited in Baskerville’s paper would indicate that this approach is not working well. The evidence is in, women’s sins do hurt and so does not addressing them.
Having obtained perfection they can now move on to help the men in their lives achieve enlightenment. If we don’t go along, well they can always go Eat, Pray, and Love (which certainly is NOT an expose into women’s sin nature). That will show us.
Christian women have a sin nature as much and as bad as any man. They need to take up their Cross daily too. All Women Are Like That.