Two real-world forces have invaded the evangelical church and the church seems to be doing its best to ignore those two forces as they march hand-in-hand down the aisle to make children of their bad wisdom known through the preacher’s pulpit.
One force is feminism. Women are removed from their biblical and natural role and identity to a place where they are esteemed, exalted and empowered. They are the daughters of God and destined to reign here and in eternity. Being princesses in the evangelical church and the world is their divinely ordained calling. The 2011 Glass Slipper Women’s Conference in St. Louis declares:
“You are a Princess, you are called to rule, you are called to reign, and you are commanded to operate in it!”
The video also features a song by Superchick called “Beautiful” which encapsulates the female right be called “beautiful,” even as one scene shows obese women serving and being served from a chocolate fountain. The more intellectual women might argue that this is not what feminism is about, but the vast majority of women do not live in the safety of intellectual towers where feminist scholars are brave enough to propose radical and destructive ideas and too cowardly to implement them. They give them to the mass of students who will then take those ideas into the real world and wreak havoc as brainwashed agents of bad medicine.
That is one side of the marriage.
The other force is evolution. Now while the big thinkers that live in those safe intellectual towers can debate whether or not Darwin’s theory has merit, for those who are taught it from a young age, it is pretty simple. They take to the streets with a picture of men being nothing more than evolving apes, just a little more along the genetic line than Neanderthals. You can hear this in songs like “I’m Still A Guy” by Brad Paisley, where he sings:
I can hear you now talking to your friends, saying, “Yeah, girls, he’s come a long way” from dragging his knuckles and carrying his club.
The image of human evolution as a symbol of civilized apes applies primarily to men. The image of God as King with heirs apparent is applied primarily to women. Primitive apes walk down the aisle to marry heavenly princesses who have the right to be doted on and called “beautiful” for their entire lives regardless of how they actually conduct themselves. The primitive apes are told “man-up” and shoulder their duty and enjoy the gracious privilege of actually marrying an evangelical woman. The preachers herald the union in utter ignorance while openly criticizing both evolution and feminism. It is the ultimate culture of male inferiority and female superiority backed by God and scripture, so saith the ape and princess co-pastors of mega-non-denomiational female-oriented churches. Dalrock documents this by showing the anti-male rhetoric by Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church, which goes hand-in-hand with the evangelical princesses at the Glass Sipper conference.
Modern marriages may carry the trappings of man and wife, but socially it is the ape and princess.