A Higher Calling to Protect
I grew up in a home of all boys. In a crisis situation, I always knew my brothers and my dad would protect me. Could I have protected myself in the moment? Maybe. But my determination and skill was not the point. Deep within my brothers was a desire to protect me as their sister. It had nothing to do with our equality as human beings or even our physical capacity (though they quickly outgrew me), rather it was their belief women are valuable and thus deserving of protection.
Few people would have recoiled at the thought of men protecting women and children on the Titanic. When a number of men gave their life protecting their girlfriends on that fateful night in Aurora last summer, the country applauded their bravery. If these men had treated women as "equal" partners in the battle to save themselves from a shipwreck or a crazed gunman, we would have been appalled. Why? The protection of women is part of our psyches as human beings. Deep down we expect men to give their lives to protect women in a moment of crisis.
"We can train our men to ignore the screams of their female comrades, but is this the society we want to create?" Parker asked in the Washington Post. "And though some female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have endured remarkable suffering, their ability to withstand or survive violent circumstances is no rational argument for putting American girls and women in the hands of enemy men."
We protect what is most precious to us and when a society gives up protecting women (as it already has children) it is making a much more profound statement about what it values than we realize. Christ always protects his Bride. He gives his life for her.