by Kelly Pelton (written 19 Feb 2021)
The terms "biblical man- and womanhood" aren't found in any Bible verse; gender expectations are man-made, burdening our souls with pressure to conform. Tender hearts weren't made to fit the stereotypes but to express God's image more fully by being fully human, becoming the individuals God made us to be. The women and men of God's sacred word included prostitutes, warmongers, all on a journey of faith, diversity the rule and not the exception; let's fall in line with their example. No cultural sameness is mandated by the scriptures for women or for men, no middle-class standards, just an urge to all be pictures of Jesus wherever we are serving. Each woman and man must discern the way to live from one's story as the Lord leads and not from misguided rules of our day.