Part 4: The Enemy’s Ongoing Attack on Women
By: Margaret Knight
When Satan attacked God’s creation in the Garden of Eden, he went after Eve first. He targeted the ezer k’enegdo. Satan wanted to ruin everything God had made and called good. So, what was his strategy?—to start by targeting the woman (see Genesis 3:1-7).
This part of the story is still a mystery to me. If Adam is the leader and Eve is a defender and deliverer, a help against the Enemy, then Satan totally reversed their roles. Because Satan reversed and confused their roles, perhaps Eve could not clearly see the Enemy for what he was. She could not help Adam step up, lead, and fight. Adam took a passive role and watched his wife destroy herself and then followed her into spiritual death.
After they both sinned, Adam was quick to blame Eve (and God in a way) and attempted to distance himself from her. His justification to God of why he ate the fruit was, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12, my emphasis added). Instead of being outraged by the Enemy’s actions and sorry for his own, Adam treated Eve, the ezer k’enegdo, with disdain.
The Enemy’s ongoing attacks on women today
The Enemy continues to attack women till this day while most men stand by and watch. Most of the time, men partake in the abuse and then blame women for all the harm done.
I recently spoke with a friend who is moving to China for work. She told me that some Chinese families, if they only have one girl, will give the girl a boy name. They give the girl a boy name because they wanted the girl to be a boy. As a result, her name is a constant reminder of what she should have been and what her family wanted her to be, a boy. From a young age, these Chinese girls with boy names know that they are not valued. Parents that name their little baby girls boy names because they prefer sons do not value women.
In 2012, a young woman in New Delhi was gang raped by men on a moving bus. They did not know her. She was on her way home after watching a movie with a male friend. She later died of her injuries. They raped her to death. This event sparked national protests over the mistreatment of women all over India. One of the rapists in an interview said that it was the woman’s fault that she was raped because she was out too late. He also said that if she would have just submitted to the assault, then she would have survived it.Men who rape women and people who blame women for getting raped and murdered do not value women.
Men who participate in any part of the commercial sex industry, an industry that demeans women, do not value women. They don’t value women, because they fail to see a woman as God created her. They do not see His likeness in her.
So, Christian men, what can you do? How can you be the godly men God wants you to be in how you treat women?
I want to challenge you to partake in an experiment. I challenge you to pray and ask God to transform and renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2) through the power of His Word and Holy Spirit. Pray Psalm 139:23-24. Ask God to reveal to you where you fall short in giving women the proper love and respect they deserve as ezer k’enegdo. Then, fast from anything and everything that objectifies and demeans women. Ask God to give you wisdom and discernment so that you are aware when the world is portraying a woman in a way that is contrary to His will. He will do it. Your sanctification is His will. He wants you to conduct yourself in an honorable and sanctifying way (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).
Be bond-servants of Christ
If you do these things, there will be an obvious change in your behavior. Some people, like the men and women of the world in Part 2, may not appreciate that change because they will misunderstand it. Their reactions to you may even be aggressive and accusatory. Be patient with them. Explain to them why and how your perception of women has changed and how this change affects your behavior.
In the end, you should not be pure in heart or respectful to women so that others will approve of you. You should do it to be obedient to God:
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10.
Stop being slaves to the sins of the commercial sex industry. Be slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:17-18), achieved only in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Love your neighbor, especially women and women who work in the commercial sex industry, as yourselves (Matthew 22:35-39).
Margaret lives in Indianapolis where she is a law student focusing on Criminal Law. After graduating from law school, she wants to be an advocate for those who are suffering from injustices, most specifically human trafficking. Margaret enjoys learning how to cultivate a hospitable heart, traveling to new places, and growing in knowledge about God through His Word and life experiences. She has volunteered as Ascent 121’s social media and blog manager since March 2015.
 Barry, Ellen. “Man Convicted of Rape in Delhi Blames Victim.” The New York Times. March 3, 2015. Web. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/world/asia/delhi-gang-rape-mukesh-singh.html.