This upcoming Sunday, we will celebrate the holiday known as Mother’s Day. This day can be difficult for many because so many of us have already lost our mothers, mothers have lost children, families are estranged, and several women could never have a son or daughter. We want to acknowledge these pains and struggles, but we also want to continue to celebrate womanhood as God has designed it.
In a culture that is doing its best to distort our gender identities and even merge the genders into a unisex, Christian people should rally all the more to celebrate the way that God has created mankind—both men and women made in His image. The Bible, from Old Testament to New, gives clear teaching on gender roles and the glories of the differences between the two. There is teaching on this subject in relation to society, the home, and the church.
Let’s be clear: Both men and women are created in God’s image and likeness and are equal in all things concerning capabilities, intellect, faith, and salvation. There is no difference between men and women when it comes to the grace of God in Christ Jesus. However, when it comes to gender roles, God has created us in differing and special ways. Women are nurturers, mothers, helpers, and caregivers. While men try to do these things, on the whole, we are not as fit for these roles as women, just to name a few examples. God has ordered creation this way.
While much can and should be said on this subject, let’s leave the discussion for now by acknowledging that Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to not only celebrate our biological mothers but all of the women in our lives who have been and still are motherly. At the Rural Hall Christian Church, we want to celebrate womanhood as part of God’s beautiful and glorious design.