I'm starting this blog with a deep breath, knowing there will be differing opinions. As a writer, I am coming to understand the importance of standing confident in what I share while also desiring the conversation piece that two opinions bring to the table. As we begin, dear friend, I say "Welcome to the table."
I am continuing the discussion of Biblical Womanhood as I began in February. And yes, we're going to hit the topic of feminism. But before we even touch that word, I want to put a magnifying glass to God's Word and who He says we are as women. I don't know about you, but I care less and less about the world's opinions of me as a woman. I want solid Truth. I want the Word of God to saturate every part of my life. And I want to use my voice to silence the lies of the enemy that come in so many forms.
What does the Word of God say about us as women?
Jesus' extravagant treatment of women shows us how He called them out of the cultural shadows. He shifted every "norm" by elevating women & calling out their strength, dignity and worth. These examples can be found in:
Luke 7:11-17 (Jesus speaks to women in public)
Luke 13:12 (Jesus heals a crippled woman)
Luke 8:43-48 (Jesus heals a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years)
John 8:1-11 (Jesus calls out the destiny of a woman caught in adultery)
Luke 8:1-3 (Women ministered with Jesus along his travels)
Anything we know about Jesus' day tells us that women were viewed as property; the utter minority that was downgraded to the lowest of lows. Jesus broke the cultural stigma and called forth women's beauty; encouraging them to live out their life's purpose. Every time Jesus treated a woman with strength, dignity and worth, she was liberated to walk in her fullest beauty.
Now, I understand there are so many subject matters that we can concentrate on with biblical womanhood vs. feminism. I need to make one thing clear before I continue on with this specific topic. I am in no way advocating that women are "less than" men and therefore, should be treated differently. I believe men and women are equal through the eyes of our Creator, God Himself. I believe there is no room for evil behavior that has been infringed upon women for centuries. And my heart grieves deeply for women who have been forever scarred by the evil actions that have come from men. Ladies, if you have been treated by men like property, as in Jesus' day, I am so sorry....and I just need to tell you today that you are loved deeply.