The Gift of Gender

It takes both men and women to fully reflect God's image.

If you're familiar with the debate over women in ministry, you've seen how the discussion seems to circle the same handful of verses. There's 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14: 34, passages that seem to preclude the possibility of women leading. On the other side there's Galatians 3:28 and Philippians 4:2-3, verses some claim effectively erase the gender divide.

But an equally important passage—and one that is often overlooked—is Genesis 5:1-2: "When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them" (emphasis mine).

Whether you're a man or a woman, the message of that passage is tremendously empowering. Think about it. God didn't choose a man to bear his image—or a woman. It took both.

The debate over women in ministry is an important one. It needs to continue. But Genesis 5 is a good reminder for both sides that it takes both men and women to reflect God's image ...

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