This morning it dawned on me why I sometimes have trouble coming up with ideas for this column: many of the values that matter most to me are ideas that polite people don’t say openly. This is not a problem when I preach, because for the most part those paying my preaching salary agree that if an idea is approved by the Bible, then we ought to be telling it, popular or not.
Here’s an example: men and women are not the same, and our roles in work, home, marriage and church are not interchangable. There are certain jobs women ought not to do simply because they are women, and there are certain things men ought not to do simply because they are men. This idea has been obvious for most of human history but has fallen out of favor in my lifetime. Today we are no longer shocked to hear about women in combat or men marrying men. But the whole world can go insane (or, more accurately, in sin) and it doesn’t make wrong things right.
See what I mean?
I’d like to know what you think. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am sports writer for the Manchester Times and preacher for the Church of Christ at Fredonia. The ideas expressed here, however, are my own.