Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.


Worth's Not Tied To Function

That Christ loves women — no less and no more than men — we know is true,
And that their best interests — when He was here — He sought to pursue.
Yes, He sought to uplift them in worth and being, but never via roles,
And He also let them have their say — for Christ, no one buttonholes.

Therefore, in worth and being they stand as equals with men, (and why not?),
But certain roles Christ gave to men, to women He didn’t allot.
For even though He was a ground-breaker, the Holy Bible shows
That very different functions for men and women our Lord chose.

Our Saviour simply sought to remove a corrupt cultural yoke,
That wrongly, via men, the Edenic rights of women sought to choke.
And today, Christ still opposes that which a woman oppresses,
And via His word — His great love and care for them — clearly expresses.

Yes, Christ indeed loves women, and knows that in their rightful sphere, they,
A major and vital role, and equally important one, play.
But lest they desire a man’s role, and somehow that role try to fill,
Christ via the Bible conveys: Don’t go there, for that will just bring ill.

Giving women the very same roles as men, hardly uplifts them,
And nor will any role do that — for worth from roles does not stem.
No, a role can’t uplift, for it’s simply a function, nothing more,
Thus, one salutes the rank, not the person — as roles one can’t ignore.

True happiness is only found when we surrender to Christ’s will,
And though capable of other roles, our allotted roles fulfil.
You see, a man and woman were made to complement each other,
Which role interchangeability will simply blur and smother.

When men and women function as our Saviour intended them to,
They not only honour Him, but greater blessings thereby ensue,
For Christ knows what is best — He’s a God of order, our Creator,
Who, midst allocating roles, also acts as a liberator.

Our worth? Our worth is found in Jesus Christ alone, the Cornerstone.

By Lance Landall

Regarding the biblical role distinctions, bear in mind the following texts:

“We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that
you heard from us you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is,
God’s word
, which is also at work in you believers” (1 Thess 2:13).

“These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything,
even the depths of God. And we speak of these things in words not taught by human
wisdom but taught by the Spirit
, interpreting spiritual things to those
who are spiritual” (1 Cor 2:10,13).

You might also like to read my secular poems: "As Was Meant To Be", "Feminism",
"Husbands And Wives".