Western culture has a deepening gender crisis. Our story begins, as stories of this nature often do, in France. In 2013, six months after legalizing gay marriage, the French government introduced an elementary-school program entitled l’ABCD de l’égalité (“The ABC’s of Equality”). The original program stated: “Gender is a sociological concept that appears to rely on taking account of and analyzing the socially- and culturally-constructed relationships between men and women. Gender theory holds that parallel to biological and anatomical sex, which is innate, there exists a socially-constructed sex based on differing social roles and stereotypes” (my translation; the policy language was later revised). In the wake of protests over the program, the state threatened recriminations against parents who pulled their children out of school.
Last week Wesley Davey wrote a post entitled “Reading from the Right Script!” In that post, he framed living life simply as a choice between two storylines or scripts: (1) the Adam script and (2) the Jesus script. The idea of life being a choice between two radically different scripts has proven helpful in my current study in Judges and particularly in the Gideon narrative which presents Gideon’s choice to live and lead by either the YHWH script or the “adam” script.