As a Christian women in the 21st century, it is amazing to note the vast difference between the message that the world proclaims to women and the message of the Bible. While this has evolved over the past few decades, currently, the message that comes through our American media, social groups, politics, coorporate world, and general western-society at large, regarding my role in this world as a woman, is that I will find my greatest saticefaction in: high self-esteem, a good education, a great career, a handsome husband, a large house in the suburbs, a white picket fence, a two-car garage, 2.5 children, and a dog.
However, the “American Dream” is completely contrary to the message of the Bible. God specifically tells women that their deepest saticefaction can only be found in living out the role that He has designed especially for them. God has designed all mankind to worship Him as their Maker and their God. Consequently, He has given general mandates for all believers to help us worship Him in this fallen world through our thoughts, speech and actions. God has also given women a specific role to carry out as an act of worship to fulfill His divine plan for marriage, the family, and society at large.
We see this first in Genesis. Even before the fall, God’s design for woman was that she be a “helper comparable to [man].” (Genesis 2:18). Woman’s submissive role was not the result of Adam or Eve’s sin… it was part of God’s good & perfect creative plan from the beginning!