Darryl's thoughts on the Christian Faith, Facts, and World Events
When soldiers enlist in the US military they promise to "defend the Constitution...against all enemies, foreign and domestic....So help me God." According to a recent Daily Caller article, certain members of the Defense Department, have declared that the Bible, Constitution, and Declaration of Independence are their enemies because they perpetuate sexism and other kinds of discrimination. Taken on its own, this article would seem like a joke, but when we remember other recent actions by the military related to Chaplains we have reason to be concerned. Is the Pentagon attempting to weed out Constitutionalists in general and those with a Judeo-Christian worldview in specific? If US soldiers are successfully indoctrinated with the false belief that the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are evil (sexist, racist, etc. etc.) then, they will not be prepared to protect our "Inalienable Rights" life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and the Constitutional Rights. I would encourage you to bring this issue to your elected representatives and to keep it in mind when you vote.
Defending the Bible: My First Priority
As a Christian Apologist, I have a duty to defend God's Word against all enemies, "foreign" (those who don't claim to be Christians) and "domestic" (those who claim to be Christian). The Declaration of Independence and Constitution are based on the foundation of the Bible and so I must defend the Bible before I can defend the Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
The Bible Is Not Sexist
It would be much easier to charge the Koran and Muslims with sexism in doctrine and current practice than to apply that charge to the Bible but yet the Koran and Islam was not mentioned in the training course.
The equal value of men and women are defined from the very first book of the Bible:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28 KJV)
Even in the King James Version, which was translated long before political correctness it is clear that man="male and female." Therefore, man=mankind or all humans have the image of God and were placed in dominion over the earth and were commanded to be fruitful and multiply. If the image of God were only given to "males" it would be impossible for males to multiply on their own.
It is essential that we interpret old writings according to the meaning that they had in their original culture and context instead of according to our modern usage of the term. For example, in the past, the term "intercourse" meant conversation. Now, it means sexual intercourse. When I visited my brother, his wife, and daughter in Pennsylvania, I really enjoyed the time we spent in Intercourse, PA. I really love eating the ice cream that the Amish make and sell right in the middle of Intercourse. Obviously, I mean Intercourse (the village) and not a sexual activity. The same is true for Bible, especially when it says "man" it means "male and female" unless there is some other contextual clue to indicate that it only refers to human males. Even in modern English if we say "you guys" it can mean males and females or males only depending on the context. Given that the King James Version of the Bible was very widely available at the time of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, we also should give the phrase "all men" the benefit of the doubt as well and assume that "man" or "men" means "mankind" or "humans" unless there is a contextual clue that limits it to specifically to males. Even if there was "sexism" in the Constitution, the 14th and 19th Amendments have removed it.
In the Bible, women are frequently shown as heroines and are often presented in a much more positive light than their male counterparts. The books of Esther and Ruth present those women as virtuous heroines and their sins are not mentioned. On the other hand: Noah got drunk, Abraham was a liar. Jonah was disappointed that God didn't destroy the people of Nineveh. David was an adulterer and murderer. Solomon was an idol worshiper. Peter denied Christ. Thomas doubted Jesus, and so on.
The New Testament presents Mary Magdalene such a positive light that people falsely assume that Jesus married her. Women were the first to discover that Jesus rose from the dead. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is presented in such a positive light that the Catholic Church has often gone so far as to revere her (a human woman) more than Jesus Christ (100% God and 100% Human), the Savior of the World.
The Bible correctly identifies the fact that males and females are different (biologically, roles, and other related characteristics) but it makes it clear that men and women have equal value before God our Creator. In Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek, slave and free person, male and female. You are all the same in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28 NCV)
If we replace the concepts of the "image of God" and the "Inalienable rights" with evolution and "survival of the fittest" (natural selection) then we erode the very foundations for equal value and equal rights for all people. In every society that has applied "survival of the fittest" to human relationships, the inevitable result is "might makes right." I have spent 11 of the past 15 years in Cambodia trying to help repair the damage that Pol Pot wreaked on Cambodia when he inflicted the people of Cambodia with the lessons that he learned in university classrooms. I pray that America will not repeat this tragic history.
A Christian Apologist, Author, Missionary, Husband, and Father. Darryl has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (CA), an MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University (CA), and a BA in Political Science from Truman State University (MO).