God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
In one of my soundtrack-induced deep thought daydreams a few weeks ago, I had this moment where I wondered… What if humans had been created without gender? Just asexual beings with the ability to impregnate ourselves, having no need to unite with a complement, no need to mate in order to fulfill the genetic imperative of passing our code forward? What if there were no men? What if there were no women? What if we were all like the liverwort––a flowerless spore-producing plant which fertilizes itself? What if we lived in a world without gender? A civilization without sex?
And yet, it struck me, here we all are: male and female. And in that moment it seemed almost mythological, that there should exist actual men! That there should exist actual women! After pondering the possibility of a world without gender, observing the reality of real men and women felt like awakening one morning to find the world populated by centaurs and mermaids. What a wonder, what a glory, that there should be men, and that I get to be one, and that there should be women, and that I get to to live with one!
And yet, really, what do these words mean? What does it really mean to be a woman? What does it really mean to be a man? Does it mean anything more than a difference in plumbing?
In our Mother’s Day sermon, we looked at the first question, the question of womanhood, and this upcoming Sunday––Father’s Day Sunday–– we will look at the question of the meaning of manhood. So as we head toward that time, would you please pray for us as a church? Pray that God would give us wisdom to form our ideas about gender in a way that is healthy and informed by his word, for his glory and our benefit.
Until then, let us press on in our discipleship under the ultimate man, the one of whom we read, “There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all…” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
Pastor Daren Redekopp
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p.p.s. Thank-you, from the very bottom of my heart to everyone who stuck around to share and celebrate my 40th birthday! And thanks for the PRESENTS!
Encouragement + Steak + Amazon=one uplifted pastor.