The future is female.
Hillary Clinton made that claim in a recent video where women and men gathered this week to learn about leadership, policy and female empowerment. According to the Washington Post, this is not a new slogan, but rather began as a 1970’s lesbian separatist slogan.
There is no doubt that there is a much confusion concerning manhood and womanhood in our culture. I think the Scriptures give us a lot of clarity on this subject. I wrote about this in my book, Out of Control: Finding Hope in a Broken World. Here is what I wrote:
While angels were created with greater power than people, it was men and women who were the crescendo of God’s creation. They were created in his own image. “In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 NLT).
The uniqueness and distinctiveness of their masculinity and femininity together reflected the image of God. They were royalty. While God was the one in control of all things, he gave some of his authority to both of them. He gave them autonomy and responsibility as his image bearers on earth.
Every person since Adam and Eve has also reflected royalty because we all are created in the image of God. There is intrinsic value in every person. When you look into the face of another human being, male or female, black or white, you are seeing a reflection of who God is and what He is like. People have value not because of what they have done, or can do, but because they are all created in God’s image.
Understanding this truth affects how we view and treat ourselves and other people. Because you are a descendant of Adam and Eve, you can be assured that you have purpose and a special role in this world. You are designed to reflect the image of your Creator in heaven. You, too, are royalty.
Since both men and women are created in God’s image, and thus royalty, I believe we should say ‘the future is male and female’.