For the past two days, the Gender Blog has been writing about their problems with the fact that Susan in the new Prince Caspian movie is depicted as a warrior, something completely foreign to the book.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, though I hope to. I can’t convince my wife to see it with me (for other reasons). But I, in part, understand the Gender Blog’s concern, but for different reasons. Simply put if a book is going to be made into a movie, then it should either try to follow the book as much as possible or as little as possible – and generally the second option results in a worthless movie. So I don’t like this change simply because its wrong compared to the book.
But the Gender Blog has taken this opportunity to argue that women should not be in combat. That’ not the issue I want to discussion here, well not exactly. Though I would point out that the Gender Blog’s argument is thoroughly dubious. Aside from some quite acceptable OT references, they’re “Biblical argument” really only consists of quotes from R. Albert Mohler Jr. and John Piper – who as much as Baptist Calvinists would like to think aren’t Scripture. They also include a rather terrible insertion of Ephesians 5.25, 28 as if these passages have anything whatsoever to do with war or fighting…(they’re really about love, read the context). Stringing references together is not the best way to make an argument.
My frustration is the fact that they assume that it okay for men to be in combat. Now don’t get me wrong, I am thoroughly aware depressed by the fact that war is in some ways a necessary (very) evil in this fallen world. And that’s a fact that I mourn.
But why is it okay for Christian men or women to fight? What basis is there for that? Give me a New Testament reference that says we should fight. It doesn’t exist. Perhaps instead of “raising our sons to protect, and our daughters to affirm this protection, all for the glory of God,” we should be raising our sons and daughters to love and to save lives, both spiritually and physically. Why aren’t the medic and chaplain branches of the armed services filled with believers? Shouldn’t they be? In war, shouldn’t the Christians be the ones who are doing the saving? Is that not more our calling?
I think the Gender Blog has missed it on this one. For one we cannot expect that the unbelieving world is going to get it right on gender, regardless of whether you’re an egalitarian or a complementarian. But more importantly, they have not asked themselves if its okay for Christian men or women to kill, to end the life of another being made in the image of God.