I'm studying for tonight's Bible study on the doctrine of man and I came across the following quote from Mark Driscoll on the creation of Eve from Genesis 2.
“So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up that place with flesh.” This is beautiful. Everything is created by God’s word. The man is created from the dust of the earth by God’s metaphorical hands. And the woman is created from the rib, the side of the man. This shows that the woman is not to be out ahead of him, as feminism would teach, or behind him, as chauvinism would teach, but alongside of him as an equal image-bearer of God, as the Scriptures teach.
I like the language here. Feminism and chauvinism is nothing more than an extreme reaction to the other that fails to solve the real problem. Complementarianism balances these two. Men and women aren't better than each other, but different and unique. Furthermore, biblical marriage is a picture of the Trinity where there is a unified diversity. Men and women are different, though unified. This is why intimacy (not just sexual, though certainly including it) is critical. It one out of two.
It is critical to remember that every time fallen man tries to fix a certain extreme, it inevitably goes to the other all the while missing the point. The turn from chauvinism to feminism perfectly illustrates this tendency.
To watch the sermon the above quote is taken from, view below.
Here's the audio:
Driscoll on Trinitarian Heresies and Living the Trinitarian Life
What Creation Reveals About God
Driscoll Sermon: God is Creator
How Much Do We Owe?: Discoll on our Need for Redemption
The Church as Family