The irony is almost overwhelming. In the Old Testament, we read the story of a commander named Barak who allowed a woman named Deborah to lead the nation of Israel into war. Deborah told Barak, “I will surely go with you; nevertheless, there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell the enemy into the hands of a woman” (Judges 4:9).
Moral to the story? It is a shameful thing for a man (named Barak) to allow or send a woman into battle.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible is replete with clear teachings that men are to be the protectors of women.
Genesis 2 describes men as the “hard ones” and women as the “soft ones.” 6000 years later, technology confirms what is obvious: men are more suited for battle than women. God hardwired men with 1000% more testosterone than women.
Numbers 31:3,4: Moses sent men into battle.
Deut. 20:13,14: In war, the male enemies are to be killed but women and children are to be protected.
II Samuel 23:8: David chose mighty men, not mighty women.
Eph.5:25: Men must love their wives and be willing to give up their lives for them, just like Jesus did for the church.
I Pet.3:1-7 instructs men to love and protect their wives as they are the “weaker vessels.”
What does history say?
Granted, the Christian church does not have a library full of quotes re. women in combat. They did not need to; it was assumed that only men go to war. It is not only Christianity that is silent on the issue, every culture has unanimously agreed that it is the job of men to protect women and children. Was every generation before us a bunch of knuckle-dragging, ill-informed, non-progressive idiots?
We are “that guy”
You have seen many movies where imminent danger threatens the lives of a group of men, women and children. What did you think of that sniveling little fellow who connived his way out of danger without any consideration for the women and children? You thought him a cad.
America, we have seen that man. And it is we. Thank you, Barack.