Us egalitarians argue with great conviction that patriarchy was a consequence of “the fall” of Adam and Eve and that Jesus Christ went to the Cross to set us free from all curses related to human sin and death.
Genesis 3:16 states, “To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
Later in Galatians 3:13, the Apostle Paul writes, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
This leads us to an obvious question: If Jesus did in fact remove the curse of patriarchy over God’s children, why did He not remove the curse of pain in childbirth?
But here is the thing, Jesus breaking the curse of sin & sickness (which includes patriarchy, pain in childbirth, work being difficult instead of enjoyable, tension between animals and humans, pollution of the earth, and every sort of human depravity and illness that exists) in the spiritual realm, does not mean we feel or experience all the effects of freedom in the physical world.
Here on earth, people’s bodies still die, we still feel pain in childbirth, work is still difficult, humans and lions still don’t play nice, people still destroy and pollute the earth, Christians still get cancer, and patriarchy still plagues every culture known to man.
This is why Romans 8: 18-25 says,
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently).
Within our physical reality, Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross has yet to completely release us from the curse; but spiritually, all of God’s children are totally free from the chains of the curse.
When I was in Bible school as Southwestern Assemblies of God University, one of my very charismatic professors would preach in his best Pentecostal voice: “We are sanctified and being sanctified from glory to glory.”
I would say this:
We are free from patriarchy & pain in childbirth and we are being freed from patriarchy and pain in childbirth. As children of God, we are to partner with Jesus and continuously walk away from the curses placed on mankind. Most of the time it will feel like swimming against the tide and it will take great faith in the “spiritual” to fight against the reality.
But there is hope.
In Heaven, there will be no more death, pain, sin, suffering, or patriarchy. Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, we are completely redeemed in the spirit and we are being redeemed in the physical. Will you partner with God in redemption of God’s daughters or will you accept the reality of patriarchy as the way God designed it to be?
If we accept that patriarchy was and is God’s original plan, then we must accept that God’s original plan was and is to see His daughter’s suffer immensely through giving birth. I don’t know any godly fathers who would desire that their daughters suffer.
The biblical truth is that we are totally free from patriarchy in the spirit, but we have a ways to go in the natural. The more who Christians see this theological truth and join the fight against men ruling over women, the closer we will get to the way it will be in Heaven and the way it was supposed to be on earth prior to “the fall” of mankind.
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. -Matthew 6:10
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