Why is God as well as Jesus, the Son of God, described as having male gender? I spent some time pondering this question, and the thought occurred to me that there is a reason why God is referred to as male and Father. Even the Holy Spirit is a “he,” and the Son is male. This seems to be an obvious and significant pattern that transcends cultural influence. Synagogue and church communities in antiquity required male leadership. I believe the intended affect of the patriarchy of God is to support and strengthen male leadership in the home and church and possibly even in any organization.
Why? It is the healthiest model considering the differences in gender psychology. The male psychology is oriented to problem-solving and solutions and leadership, even emotional detachment, while the female is oriented to nurturing and compassion and empathy with the emotions of others. Without patriarchy, the home, church, and perhaps even nation may suffer a lack of direction and discipline. Without matriarchy, the home, church, and nation may suffer a lack of nurturing in times of tragedy and loss. A co-leadership model could be most effective. Then I found these words from God, and the intent appears to strengthen patriarchy without attempting to guard against abuses.
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” – Ephesians 5:22-24 “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”– 1 Corinthians 11:3 “A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. It is for this reason that a woman ought to have authority over her own head, because of the angels.
Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.” – 1 Corinthians 11:7-12 “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” – Matthew 22:32 “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.” – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” – 1 Peter 3:3-7