English novelist Martin Amis declares here that the world would be a better place if it were ruled by women. He thinks women are kinder and gentler and we would all be better off if women were in charge.
Is it possible that the English gliterari can be any stupider? Why should women necessarily be kinder and gentler than men, and even if they were why would that make them better rulers?
Any of us could quickly compile a list of friends, family and celebrities who are female who are pretty nasty pieces of work. Scheming, manipulative, gossipy, foul mouthed, lascivious, immodest, neurotic, screaming, swearing, materialistic, greedy–a whole breed of Cruella de Villes.
Good. Then we could just as quickly compile a list of men who are brutish, violent, immoderate, sexist, lustful, foul mouthed, lying, scheming, psychotic, angry, unfaithful, lazy animals–a whole breed of pigs.
But then, looking on the sunny side of life, we can all go through and make equal lists of men and women who are absolutely wonderful.
Martin Amis needs to read his New Testament. There is already a list of qualities required to make the world the brighter, happier and more peaceful place he is searching for: It’s in Galatians 5.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.