The movement towards gender equality in the West began with the suffragette movement of the late-19th century followed by a change in relation to a woman's property rights in marriage. In the latter 20th century, a different and more aggressive movement for gender equality developed based on women's liberation and feminism. Gender equality has proven correlations to greater economic prosperity even as the poorer African and Arab nations that deny equality of opportunity have been repeatedly told that such disempowerment is a critical factor crippling their return to the top rank of global leaders.
Racial equality refers to a belief in biological and social equality of all human races and is a stated goal of most current political movements. The divergence of any particular society from a state of racial, social and gender equality is often contested by members of that society of different races. Free Merriam Webster defines equality as being of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another and being identical or equivalent in value or logical denotation ... it will often imply inter-changeability... But is there a wider agenda to equality as it refers to social, gender and racial constructs?
This issue of gender deconstruction was said to reach high drama as far back as June 2000 United Nations Women’s Conference in New York when the development agencies of the Scandinavian countries and Germany threatened to withhold development money from Nicaragua unless the Nicaraguan government removed the head of their delegation. His offense being refusal to accept the European Union definition of “gender” as an arbitrary social construct which could include several “genders,” He wanted “gender” to be defined in its common original meaning of two sexes, male and female. The hapless Max Padilla from a poor country vulnerable to economic coercion was duly replaced ... the only consolation was that his replacement also asserted that humans come in two kinds, male and female. Why is all this so important?
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports last week that Nigeria voted against a South-Africa sponsored resolution that endorsed the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people for the first time ever at the UN Human Rights Council. Nigeria’s vote was not enough to defeat the resolution which was passed on Friday by the Geneva-based Council with 23 votes in favour, 19 against and three abstentions. Speaking on behalf of the African group, Nigeria’s representative at the Council Ositadinma Anaedu said African countries, “and more than 90 per cent of the African people” did not support the resolution. He said notions on sexual orientation should not be imposed on countries and warned against turning the “UN into a guinea pig” of policies that could not be implemented by member countries. But for how long can poorer nations like Nicaragua and Nigeria whine?
Why is the deconstruction of gender, race and social class so important to the present age and is this really to prevent and remedy abuses and foster economic progress as is being presented? How far do we have to go for so called economic and cultural prosperity?
The Bible says humanity was created for the pleasure of God and God made them male and female...different. Genesis 1 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
I Samuel 2 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: ... Deut. 15 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
|"There is not one verse in the Bible inhibiting slavery, but many regulating it. It is not then, we conclude, immoral." Rev. Alexander Campbell|
True. the Bible does not denounce slavery and even uses the metaphor to exemplify the submission and obedience of those who serve and love God ...The Bible is against taking advantage and abuse due to differences that may be divinely instituted .. it does not seek to deconstruct the types, but rather advocates contentment, mutual love and fairness. While institutional slavery remains abolished, many will also comment that slavery has taken new and more powerful contemporary forms in the modern age and still has the potential to be as wicked as and even more so than in the days of Wilberforce. As politically incorrect as this must sound to socially disadvantaged minorities - God does not say it is unfair for one to be a slave while the other is master – instead he says the master must treat the slave well...we are to learn to be abased and abound ...in all things to be content...never forgetting we are created for God’s pleasure and exist in time for a relatively infinitesimal period compared to our eternal destiny in glory(or shame). Again eternal glory and shame must not be deconstructed as Universalists and their allies have attempted. Lack of contentment has driven modern man to deconstruct eternal absolutes leaving the reality of an imaginary achievement earthbound rat race which thrives on competition and oppression. God increasingly finds it difficult to send people into what they perceive as “inferior roles”. The larger problem of humanity is not poverty or oppression but rejection of God.
The vain attempts of modern man to move from specific absolute genders to a relative continuum of types nullifies the ability to discern uniqueness and destroys teachings on divinely instituted roles and ultimately makes biblical expectations impossible or just irrelevant. For illustration, the Bible defines the saved and the wicked...and clarifies how they will be identified and what they can expect. Rather than deny this, modernity abhors these absolutes and propounds a continuum and several context-driven mixes that the populace can accept.
We have already seen the agenda of equality of races, gender and social classes – in humanist establishments like the UN who do the correct thing to advocate fairness and equal treatment. There is a sense that God treats all of humanity alike ... causing the sun to rise and set above all ...but there is another sense in which God treats His own restored children very separately in Christ Jesus. There is a sense in which God so loved the world that He gave His son to die for the world ... no race or group can be disqualified from salvation by virtue of race or state of origin ...but there is a sense where God states... Romans 9  As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. ...or in Isaiah 43  For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
The agenda of deconstruction becomes more evident in human experiments on marriage, tampering with embryo/DNA to foster the emergence of genderless raceless monsters and ultimately aiming for a perfect “well behaved” race in a world without any boundaries...the price to be admitted and remain in this rich “United” boundary-less club will soon include the release of “unacceptable Bible stereotypes”. It becomes difficult to stop new definitions of marriage when we have already bought into and benefitted from other gains of deconstruction.
The agenda of all this is to make the God of the Bible and His word irrelevant - not to make the world a better place as has been marketed. When this has been significantly progressed – the man behind the mask of humanism and deconstruction then begins to reveal his true colours. As always - watch and pray.
[Ps 1:1] Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.