Confusion abounds regarding the so-called wage gap. Setting aside the current Collectivist dogma of infinite genders, which makes this whole post moot, let’s dive into what a typical (if not popular) Biblical understanding looks like on this issue.
Wage gap theory is predicated on the belief that one’s value is found in one’s income relative to the opposite gender.
This is a sinister combination of two central socialist tenants.
- One, the materialist argument: that self-worth is defined by our capacity to accumulate stuff.
- Two, the third-wave feminist perspective: that one’s value is assessed when viewed in competition with the opposite gender.
The ideological pillars supporting wage gap theory are weakness personified, but as any good fascist will tell you, “Bundle more nonsense together and it isn’t easily refuted.”
For Christians, the answer to the first argument is extremely straightforward: “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth…” Matthew 6:19, CSB The second argument is as simple: “So God created man in His own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27, CSB
For unbelievers, the first argument presents more of a challenge, but not by much. Anecdotally speaking, is the “dream” really to grow up becoming Ebenezer Scrooge, Gordon Gecko, or Blake? Is your Porsche less flooded than your neighbor’s Accord when the rain comes down?
As with the first example, a secularist can stumble upon pretty blatant evidence against third-wave feminism. As Christina Hoff Summers expertly explains, this kind of sexism is aggressive female chauvinism.
Now that the pillars of wage gap theory have been destroyed, all is well, right? Wrong. Poisonous, envy-laden theories like the wage gap spring from someplace, and as Voddie Baucham illustrates, we can shoot at the ramparts all day, but if the foundations remain, reasonable people just waste their time.
The root inspiration (problem) driving wage gap theory proponents is a failure of Biblical headship in the home. When a man comes home, plops down on the couch, pops open a beer, and leaves his wife abandoned to further whims of childlike demands (whether from her husband or actual children), a vicious resentment takes hold within her heart. The acceptance of wage gap theory among feminists within American
culture is a symptom of self-centered, lazy husbands. So a married adult man insists upon engaging in such childish behavior, merely based on his earning potential outside the home. Is it a wonder women rebel against “the patriarchy” and seek equally petulant justification for that rebellion? Of course work is never enough to satisfy…earning is never an end in itself, but a means.
The solution to the perceived wage gap is for men to view their work outside the home as an act of sacrifice for their families, in pursuit of building a better life inside the home, in conjunction with their spouses rather than in spite of them.
When men stop using their income as a crutch, and instead use it as a means to a more righteous end, it becomes easier for all parties to share in the rewards of such effort. Suddenly, where discrepancy was, there is now genuine equality. Where indignation grew, thankfulness takes its place. Where a gap previously existed, there is now a mending wound.
Spouses must view their efforts through the lens of Christ’s approval rather than their own misguided estimation of worthiness. Work, whether inside or outside the home, becomes a complimentary exertion toward shared goals and values, for the glory of God instead of self.
Whether in support of or against; does wage gap infuriate you? Perhaps the desire for a proverbial beer and unfulfilling rest is overriding the Holy Spirit’s call on your heart to repent to your spouse and family for wielding the club of wages over their God-given yearning for a provider. Perhaps they desire a man who provides for their souls rather than their wallets.
Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.