Biblical Feminism in a Secular World
With empowering movies such as Wonder Woman, an increase in female college graduates, and the empowering testimonies of the Me Too movement, it’s no wonder that feminism is one of the hot topics of American culture.
However, feminism is also the catalyst for a great divide among Christians.
No matter which side you’re on, it’s wrong. If you’re a feminist, then that means you support abortion and promote a homosexual lifestyle. If you’re not a modern feminist, then that means you think women are worth less than men.
Both of these views are extreme and pretty “un-Christian.”
So where should we stand, as Bible believing Christian women, on feminism? Is there such a thing as Biblical feminism?
What is Feminism?
In order to comprehend what the Bible says about feminism, we must first learn the definition of feminism.
According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, feminism is “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”
Equality on every level—for both women and men—that’s what true feminism is. It’s about both genders being able to possess an equal political voice, equal job opportunities, and equality in every social sense.
Feminism is about men and women of all ethnic backgrounds working together to realize human dignity and value for both men and women.
It’s about ending prejudice against women—who have historically been victims of sexism, and still are today.
True feminism isn’t about man hating, bra burning, or abortion funding.
It’s a fundamental human right.
A Biblical View
God also recognizes this human right.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NIV)
Lovely one, as a woman, you are created in the image of God. In Christ, you have the same value and dignity as a man. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.
Jesus died for both men and women; His blood ran for all of His children.
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In the purest sense of the definition, God is a feminist. In fact, He created feminism when He created humanity.
God gave Eve as a gift to Adam, to be his helper and teammate in the Garden of Eden. Of course, there are men in this world who exploit this beautiful gift of female partnership.
But that does not negate your worth as a woman, and it is not what God wants for you.
A Feminine Gift
The devil has found a way to warp our understanding of everything good that God created—including feminism.
Although we can still champion women’s rights, we must be aware that secular movements often have hidden agendas—some of which are evil.
We must be careful to utilize the discernment of the Holy Spirit, as well as our Bibles, to know what stances to take.
Feminism is more than a cultural concept. Women and men are equally created by God, but we are unique. We should celebrate the unique differences of masculinity and femininity while respecting and honoring one another.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 NIV)
Femininity is beautiful, and when we place our value in Jesus Christ, our femininity can be used as a powerful force for love, mercy, and justice.
That is what Biblical feminism is all about.
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Great post Emily.
You navigated this topic very wisely.
We are equal in the Lord’s eyes. Man is not better than women and vice versa.
Man and women were made in His image and that is key.
Thank you Rolain! Your support is encouraging.
You welcome Emily.
Very nice. Such a God given joy that we are not the same, isn’t it?
Yes! We both can complement each other that way, and be strong for the other’s weaknesses.
Emily. spot-on! You did an excellent job of tackling this difficult and very current issue.
Thank you Beckie! Appreciate your input 😊
Women have a tender place in Jesus’ heart! I love this post! ❤
So true Donna! It’s time to reclaim that.
This is such an important topic, and I’m so glad you are addressing it! It can be easy to get caught up in the idea that feminism is about “self”, when as Christians we should always be putting Jesus on the throne. However, seeing ourselves the way that God sees us and refusing to live beneath what Christ died to give us is so very important. Thank you for sharing!
I couldn’t have said it better myself Jordan! It really is about glorifying God while realizing our identity in Him. Thanks for commenting and God bless!