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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feminism: Through the Eyes of a Christian Woman

In the past couple of decades or so, the feminist propaganda has risen at a fast rate. I know I tread on very dangerous grounds dabbling into this topic, but with a lot floating around the media, it is important for us, as Christians (my target audience), to wipe our spiritual lenses once again to prevent being swept away by social media flood. I say dangerous grounds because the term "feminist" carries so much sensitivity and controversy that one needs to be careful messing with it. There was a time I considered myself a feminist (I still am in some sense, but I'll explain this further) and to be honest, my views were tainted by worldly standards and I wasn't exactly sure how to navigate the streams of it.

Now, as a Christian lady, I am charged to re-evaluate everything I once stood for before I met Christ because:  
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." - Galatians 2:20 
And for this reason: 
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2
So I write this, not to get caught up in existing controversy but to actually urge us, as Christian women, to step away from it and seek God's opinion even in this delicate matter. 
I have heard, read about and seen a lot of self-proclaimed feminists and what they stand for and I must say, not all of these people stand for exactly the same things, even though they identify under the same feminist umbrella. But for the sake of simplicity, the general idea behind feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men (Wikipedia). From what I have gathered over time on the issue of feminism, I have found that there is constantly a mix up between value and role. 

The value facet holds the ground that men and women should be treated as valuable beings and one should not be held above the other- This is biblical. If this is the absolute definition of feminism, then we should all be feminists. The value of any human being is really not in their gender but in the love of Christ who died for all of our sins. But of course, because the world’s value system is constantly in conflict with God’s, there is bound to be tension. Which is why there are problems like: women earning less than men even though they have equal qualifications, sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence etc. All of these things are against God’s will for humanity and His intention for creating two different genders was not so one could be valued over the other. So feminism or not, we all have equal value before God and unfortunately, not everyone will be able to understand this status quo. The problem with gender equality is that, it is being seen through sinful lenses instead of the righteous spirit of God and to effectively deal with this issue, we must first deal with condition of the heart that breeds superiority over other humans.

Now, the role facet is the one with many holes in it. This holds the ground that both men and women should be able to interchangeably hold the same roles. This defies the law of creation according to biblical standards. Why would God go through the pains of making every living thing in duos, just so they can serve the same purpose? We can see from biblical history the role of men and women; there is simply no comparison because they are two different but equally important things. God designed it that way and who are we to question that? There is so much beauty in us blooming where we are planted (whether male or female) that we waste precious time fighting on whose role is more important. God created the world with such unfathomable wisdom that it is important that everyone plays the role they are assigned to. Doing otherwise will only stir up strife and discontentment, which is also against the will of God.

I am not oblivious to some of the struggles associated with the feminine gender, some of which I have had to deal with personally. In fact, it breaks my heart to see some of the things we have to deal with as females. Or how do you explain over 300 girls being taken from their parents just because they were born girls? This is deeper than gender, it is the repercussions of a heart apart from God (male or female).

Again, my point is not to downplay the fact that there is a problem here but to put forward a cautionary message to Christian women, in particular. Before we are quick to declare ourselves feminist, let us be sure that nothing in it goes against the will of our heavenly father.  There are various definitions to feminism now in the 21st century (I'll discuss this in my next post) and we need to be careful what we are actually signing up for. While God wants us to stand for what is right, he doesn't want us to do this outside his will. 
Let us not spend time looking for our value in the world’s standard, we need not fight for something that has already been bought for us at such a HUGE price- the blood of the lamb. Instead, let us spend time praying for the redemption of souls to Christ that we may all see through His unbiased lens.

I know there's more to this than just the black and white format in this article. I really do hope to expatiate more on the topic to include the Christian male's role in feminism as well as specific examples of where some feminist views may clash with some biblical truths and what Christian feminism should look like, if there is anything like that at all... I will get back to you when I get the chance to do some more research :) 

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