The female half of humanity is not second class. It is first class in a very unique way.
In creation, God makes everything in a very orderly way. And as He goes along, He makes things more and more grand. It all comes to a climax in the creation of humanity, summarized in the forming of Adam ("the man") from the dust of the earth. (Genesis 1)
Yet a few verses later God says something shocking. "It is not good," He says, "that the Man should be alone."
God created the world good, at the end of each day saying that it was "good". So it should knock us for a loop when He says that something in His perfect creation is "not good". How will He fix this? How will God finish His creation, putting on its crowning jewel?
He creates Woman.
That's right. Men are not the height of God's creation. Women are, Eve in particular.
This is something that I think men know inherently. You can't look at a woman and not think that God knew what He was doing when He created her. There are so many things that my wife can do that I cannot, I am in complete awe of her.
Part of the problem, I believe, with the popular feminist movement is that the goal seems to be equality with men, as if women can be men, or have the same status as men. But this is a step down!
Women were created as the best of God's creation. They have the highest status. To become like men (something promoted by the so-called "gnostic gospels") is forsaking that status.
This is what makes violence against women so horrifying. This is what makes rape so vile. The job of men is to serve women by providing for them and protecting them from evil and danger. When a man harms a woman he subverts the order of creation and acts contrary to his very nature.
Please don't take this to mean that women should only work in the home or should be "barefooted and in the kitchen". I do, however, think there are a few implications for our civilization.
For example, should women be placed on the front lines of the military? If the United States needs soldiers bad enough that it is willing to place my daughter on the front lines, I want them to draft me first. Placing women on the front lines is not a noble goal.
As Christians we stand for the elevated status that God grants to women, and we hope that women will not give it up without a fight.
[Next: We stand for Orderly Conduct!]