Hey girls! My name is Emma & Jenny has been so sweet as to let me write a 2 part devotion series for her blog. To start I'll tell you a little about me. I am a competitive figure skater & love books, food, and working out! :) I accepted Christ into my heart at age 5 and when I was 9 made the decision to go public with my faith and be baptized. The topic I've chosen to discuss is one that has been somewhat controversial, but extremely important. Feminism. In my life I have also noticed that it is a particularly "touchy" topic with some Christians because it has an extremely bad rep—I used to not even want to say the word and I 100% understand why people feel this way. People believe feminism is about man hating, pro-abortion, women over/greater than men, ungodly things, etc. However this is NOT the case! I want to show you feminism from a Christian perspective and I'm betting you are in for a pleasant surprise. :)
I saw a post on a Christian account on Instagram that talked about how women came from the rib of a man—not to be put under his foot or above his head, but to stand by his side (1 Corinthians 11:12 - "For as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all thing are from God." & Genesis 2:22 - "Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man"). This is a perfect representation of how God created men and women—EQUALLY (Galatians 3:28 - "There is neither Jew not Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus"). That essentially is feminism! By definition it is "the political, social, and economical equality of the sexes." The 3 verses above all talk about how everyone is equal in God's eyes. God made us to stand by each other's side and respect one another no matter what your gender is!
Now I want to touch on our "roles," and bear with me; these verses are often misinterpreted. Ephesians 5:22-25 tells us, "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its savior. Now as the church submits to Christ so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." These verses do NOT mean that the husband is greater than his wife. What people often don't see is that these verses are explaining ROLES. God's structure of a family is one man, one woman, and their children (if they choose to have children). The husband's ROLE is to help lead the family and make decisions that he believes are best for his family. This does not make it "man over/above women." God asks women to listen and submit to what decisions their husbands make because God created the wives to have a different role! Our role as a wife is to love & respect our husbands as they should us. Think about what a huge role the wife plays in a family. It's a pretty significant part, right? Proverbs 31 talks all about what a godly woman looks like. God has called us to do many different things like ministry, setting an example of what a godly woman looks like, empowering and encouraging those around us, etc. This doesn't mean that we can't help them with making family decisions or anything like that, but God's role for a husband is to love his family like Christ loves the church and try to do what is best for his family by leading them. A husband and a wife are supposed to respect each other and love each other; one is not greater than the other.
There is so much I could write about Christian feminism but I'm trying to focus on the BIG points. ;) The last big point I want to discuss is empowerment and self confidence. Colossians 3:11 says, "Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all." The big thing I want people to take away from this is God wants us to feel empowered. In order to find that you will need to look deeper than just the words on the page. This verse is telling us we are ALL in Christ! Take a moment and ponder what that verse is talking about because there is so much in there! Faith and salvation are NOT exclusive. Ask yourself where feminism is in the verse. Did you notice God included all genders, races, and more? God wants everyone to feel empowered and we are all equally capable (going back to Galatians 3:28). The LORD has blessed us with equal opportunities! I believe self confidence plays a key role in faith & feminism as well. Psalm 139:14 tells us, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." There's tons of other verses that talk about beauty and about how we are ALL made in God's image. Girls, don't let anyone tell you you aren't strong enough, tough enough, good enough, pretty enough, or anything! It's not true. With God by your side you are capable of anything and you can be whatever and whoever you want to be with God's guidance.
I hope you all enjoyed this first devotion and hopefully will all not think of feminism as a negative thing! If you believe men and women are equal, you are a feminist. Don't be afraid to call yourself one, because as shown through Bible verses above, God sees EVERYONE as equals! In part 2 of Christian Feminism, I will be writing about REAL women in the Bible & more...
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PHOTOS BY SHANNON LEE MILLER
Hi, I'm Jenny! I'm just a 22-year-old girl who loves Disney, writing, creativity, coffee, kids' ministry, the color pink, and my best friend, Jesus Christ, above all. ♡
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