There were probably many within past generations who thought that we would never be confused about gender. And yet here we are with possibly the most sexually confused generation ever. The question of what it means to be a man or a woman is now a potentially argument-inducing question. Even the church struggles to know how to address the questions our culture raises about gender in a truthful way that is still loving and merciful.
Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers suggestions to parents on how they can teach their children a biblical view of gender in the following video.
First and foremost, it is important for children to know that God made men to be husbands and fathers and he made women to be wives and mothers. This distinction does not mean that there is more or less value inherent in either gender because both genders are made in the image of God. God made our genders and our sexuality to match up with each other. Gender and sexuality should not be customizable to an individual’s choice or preference.
Secondly, it is important for men and women to define their particular gender from the Scripture and not from the culture. There are times, according to Akin, where we impose how culture defines masculinity and femininity onto the Bible instead of letting God’s word to define our gender characteristics. For instance, oftentimes in our western culture we assume men should be hard and strong, and that any other behavior besides this is antithetical to manhood. But in the Bible we see Jesus embodying compassion and tenderness as well as strength and courage at the same time. Jesus having all of these qualities makes Him no less a man.
Watch the full video for more insight from Dr. Akin.