by Abigail Dodds from John Piper’s Desiring God – The Beauty of Womanhood
Editor’s note: So working outside of the home robs us of our beauty and femininity? Also, why does working and not staying home with our children equal disrespecting our uteruses? No one accuses stay at home fathers of disrespecting their gonads.
Yet, the vision our culture offers is a sad consolation that exchanges the glory of feminine strength for a treadmill race to nowhere. It squanders the kind of influence that is found primarily in the soil of the home. The home — that center of all learning, the heart of nation-building, the dispenser of love and stability, the venue for gospel hospitality for single and married alike, in short, the footings of humanity. This home-based influence that — because of Christ — can last for a thousand generations, yet our culture urges us to cast it aside for the pursuit of rewards a little less off in the distance and certainly ones that don’t require diapering.
And what does it offer in return? Women who strive against themselves, at war with the seeming redundancy of two X chromosomes, in a competition we were never made for, and in our hearts, don’t really want to win. For when a woman sets herself up alongside a man — as made for the same things and without distinction — the result is not uniformity, but rather, a reverse order. Indeed, in order for her to become like a man, he becomes less and less like one. And that’s something that most women, even the most ardent feminists, recoil at in their heart. Not because femininity is detestable, but because on a man, it is grotesque.
Feminine glory is suited only for a woman, not because men and women have nothing in common — we have everything in common as bone of the same bone, flesh of the same flesh — but because our sameness only makes sense in light of the Triune God, who is distinct in three persons. When we forsake our feminine glory in pursuit of the uniqueness that belongs to men, we abandon our God-given glory; we become usurpers, persistently insisting that our uterus and biology are equal to nothing, irrelevant. Women believe the lie that in order to be relevant in a man’s world, you become like a man, when the opposite is true. Do you want to be relevant? Then shock the world and be what you were made to be: a fearless, unflappable God-fearing woman. Do not abandon the very differences that make you essential.
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