I read a great deal. I read books, magazines, and blogs. I enjoy taking in a variety of information and the internet is an incredible tool for this. I was surprised this morning when I was reading my blog roll and almost all of post from this week were on the same topic, women in combat.
The feminist and the biblical womanhood blogs are all over this right now. Feminism is celebrating a victory and biblical womanhood is mourning the unraveling of our society. (The feminist view point can be found here and here and the biblical womanhood viewpoint can be found here.) Feminism would have you believe it is an issue of equality. Men don't want us to be equal with them so they won't let us serve, shame on them! What I see is the inherent desire of men to protect women, to stand before them and say "Yes, I will lay down my life to protect you". It is hardwired into men to provide and to protect. Sadly, many men have had that natural desire beaten out of them by the shrill cry of feminism, and the Christian women of today don't exactly put a stop to it.
Feminists love to talk about "Molley Pitcher" who took over her husband's who fought in the American Revolution. We should get something straight here. Molley Pitcher's real name was Mary Ludwig McCauley, and she didn't start out as a soldier, she was not trained to fight. She originally carried water to the soldiers. She only fought when she took over her husbands cannon after he collapsed. I bring this example up because in my mind there is a HUGE difference between training a woman for combat and a woman stepping up in place of her fallen husband.
Am I saying women have no place in the military? Absolutely not. Let them serve. There are plenty of positions in the military, besides combat, in which women can and should serve if that is what God called them to do with their lives.