The Science Behind Gender Stereotypes

It baffles me how much importance the evangelical church places on gender. The church continues to create an environment structured around rules and restrictions, rather than love and acceptance. Men have dominated the world for thousands of years, and they continue to do so today. And instead of fighting for justice, the church (for the most part) adds fuel to the fire.

If God, the creator of both male and female, gives men more authority than women, then why is there little to no difference between the female and male brains? 

For years, humans have believed that the male and female brains were extremely different. However, scientists have recently started coming out with new research saying otherwise. As it turns out, society can no longer neatly fit the female and male brains into separate boxes. Of course, there have been a few “modest disparities reported.”

“On average, for example, men tend to have a larger amygdala, a region associated with emotion.” 

That strikes me as odd, because an argument often heard from the complementarian camp is that women can’t lead a church or family because they are so emotional. But science is from the devil, right?

Furthermore, if God thinks sex is so important and is such a big requirement to lead or pastor, why is it one of the last things to form in the womb? 

That’s right, folks. Every human being has started off esentially as a female. It’s not until about 2 months into the pregnancy that the Y chromosome kicks in and releases testosterone.

Some people are even born with both sexes, which is more common than most people realize. What about these people? Can they lead and submit at the same time? How do they have authority but not have it all at once?

If sex is a big enough reason to not allow a woman to preach or to not allow a dad to stay home with his kids, wouldn’t God have made it a priority in the womb? If our sex is so key in establishing our identity, then why are some babies born with both sexes? Does God make mistakes? 

Men are strong, determined, and assertive.

But so are women. 

Women are understanding, gentle, and compassionate.

But so are men. 

God doesn’t look at our sex to determine whether or not we’re capable, because honestly, without the Great I Am, we’re not. God looks deeper than skin and chromosomes; God looks at the heart. God is not a white, American male. Every person is a unique reflection of God’s image. 

My friends, I encourage you to not fall into the trap of gender stereotypes. If you’re a woman that has been gifted to lead and preach, don’t let the enemy stop you with his lies. If you’re a man that has been called to be a stay at home dad, make the meals, and organize the carpool, own it! Be secure in your identity in Christ, and the lies of gender roles can’t touch you. 

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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