daily devotional

Think It Over

Future Shock author Alvin Toffler saw all this happening in his 1980 book, The Third Wave, where he announced the role system that held industrial civilization together is in crisis. This we see most dramatically in the struggle to redefine sex roles. In the women's movement, in the demands for the legalization of homosexuality, in the spread of unisex fashions, we see a continual blurring of traditional expectations for the sexes.

Toffler is on target but too soft. The separate distinction of male and female is not merely a "traditional expectation"; it's a biblical precept.

"Male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27)

And it isn't simply a "role system that held industrial civilization together." It is a major foundational block upon which any healthy civilization rests.

When male and female roles get sufficiently blurred, confusion and chaos replace decency and order. When effeminate men begin to flood the landscape, God's long-suffering reaches the length of its tether, ushering in the severest judgment imaginable...a la Sodom and Gomorrah.

Romans 1:24-27 is still in the Book.  

Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.