” “Woman” is my slave name. Feminism will give me the freedom to seek some other identity altogether.” Anne Snitow.
How should a Christian woman respond to this? More importantly- how would Christ Himself? The answer to these questions is a journey God’s taking me on. It can’t be answered in one blog post. But there are 3 foundational Biblical truths that ought to be in place first:
- ” God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.” Genesis 1: 27
It is quite clear, GOD CREATED both male and female. He deliberately, intentionally and purposefully made male and female to be like Him, to reflect His image. This is important in answering the issue of identity- a woman’s identity is found in GOD. God as Creator and originator of who woman is. Outside of the debates about whether “gender” is a social construct, God knows exactly who He created women to be. He’s not confused.
2. “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” Romans 3:23
For our purposes we might adapt this scripture and say, “Men are not perfect.Neither are you, woman. Only God is perfect.” Quick reminder: both Adam and Eve were guilty of disobeying God in the Garden of Eden. Co-conspirators. Both were cursed as a result. Without minimizing the oppression women have suffered under a largely patriarchal society, women ought to be reminded that we are sinners too! A woman’s ideas about what femininity is, no matter how “noble” her intentions, have the potential to be just as disastrous.
3. “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” John 3:16
Jesus Christ came into the world because God loves the world. Christ came to restore everything to God. If the world (including women) is ever to be put right, it must begin with Christ. Not enlightenment, education, experimentation or women’s liberation.