The Problem of Women Pursuing Men

There are some laws of nature that are simply meant to apply to all times and all places without question. One of these, of course, is the law that women—good Christian women—should not pursue men because, as Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, points out, then they’ll have to pursue men the rest of their lives.

Can you imagine the mayhem? What’s next: women asking men to go on a date, or (gasp) picking up the check for a dinner or entrance fee for a movie? The next thing we’ll know, women will be driving on these dates and who can guess what nasty traffic snafus will result!

Driscoll is absolutely right on this one and I, for one, am glad he included the story of Ruth and Boaz to make his point that the most assertive thing a woman should do is ask what the God-ordained pursuer (the man, of course) intends in any given relationship. The story of Ruth illustrates this beautifully—pun intended—when she gets dressed up and puts on make-up and then locates Boaz on the threshing floor.

Yeah, see, she goes where people hung out during harvest to party and to drink and there, late in the evening after Boaz has fallen asleep (presumably from the alcohol), she uncovers his “feet” to ask him what his intentions are.

So you see: the Bible is crystal clear in its prohibition of women pursuing men.