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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.

Biblical feminism

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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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What Makes a Woman Beautiful?

Beauty. It’s absolutely everywhere in our culture, isn’t it? We idolize beautiful women, or at least, those we consider beautiful according to superficial standards. Take a look at celebrities like  Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Women who are famous for good looks, sexuality, and materialism…but not much else.

A Beautiful Lie

Even Taylor Swift, a talented songwriter and singer, is losing fans because of her newfound focus on vengeance and victimization in her songs. But what ever happened to grace, values, or class? Is Hollywood and social media portraying an accurate depiction of beauty?

Ladies, we’ve been robbed. We live in a culture that says it’s wrong to be feminine or modest. We are told that beauty is in our looks and sexuality. Sin is outwardly celebrated while truth and morality is reviled.

Now that we understand the lies we’ve been fed about beauty, it’s time to uncover the truth.

The Beauty Within

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV)

For some reason, a lot of people read these verses and believe that it is wrong for women to wear beautiful clothes or jewelry. That’s not true at all. Peter tells us not to let our beauty be merely from outside things.

Biblical femininity goes way deeper than frilly dresses or lipstick. It’s about gentleness, strength, dignity, purity, modesty, kindness, and compassion. These attributes aren’t raved about in the latest pop song, but they are eternal qualities that never lose their beauty.

It’s fun to be a girl–to dress up and wear makeup and jewelry. But that is not where we should base our worth. You may not have the body type or complexion that pop-culture says is beautiful, but that’s not what God thinks.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13-14 NIV)

Jesus, the Creator of the universe, sees women as beautiful both inside and out. He created your body, spirit, and soul. He knows what you look like, your talents and weaknesses, and your personality.

And guess what? God is absolutely crazy about you.

A Beauty That Never Fades 

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 NIV)

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every culture has a different interpretation of what is beautiful on the outside. And with all of the trends on social media, it’s almost impossible to keep up.

But what happens when we grow older? Because we won’t stay twenty forever, and our physical features may stop being “on trend.” What happens when we ditch the charm and sensuality the world pressures us to mold ourselves into?

Close your eyes and think of a woman in your life that you love. What makes her beautiful? Is it her body shape or makeup? Or is it something deeper? Perhaps it’s her kindness, humor, or intellect. Maybe it’s her selflessness or inner strength.

Although we may not always see our outer beauty, a woman of faith and good character will always shine. No one can resist a kind smile or loving demeanor. The beauty that comes from our good deeds and acts of compassion toward humanity outweigh that of any runway model.

A woman who knows her worth in Jesus will exude a confidence that can never be shaken. It’s okay to be the way God created you to be. And it’s okay to look beautiful–inside and out.


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Man, I Feel Like a Woman!

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Being a girl is awesome. I believe in equal rights for men and women, and I think that women athletes and soldiers are inspiring. Men and women are equally intelligent, although in different ways, and can both make productive members of society. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work and plan on obtaining a master’s as well.

But I have a secret. Deep down I am a stereotypical girl. I love cooking and baking. I love decorating and making crafts. I love fashion and beauty. I dream of getting married and being a bride. I long for having my own family and my own house to keep. Seriously, I should have been born in the 1950’s. 

And you know what? There is nothing wrong with this. This is who I am, and it is what God has created me to be. I used to be embarrassed to say that one of my greatest dreams was to get married and have children. Now I’m not. You can call me traditional and old fashioned, but I don’t really care anymore. One of the reasons I chose the career I plan on going into was so I could become a counselor with a flexible schedule, so I could spend more time homemaking!

It still feels awkward to write this–which is probably why this post has been put up so late. I know that a lot of Christian women are more traditional like me, but there are always those who might say that I am too young to be thinking this way. Of course I have more goals for my life than becoming a wife and mom. I am pursuing my education and plan on using my degree to serve others. I also want to stay actively involved in my church and community–no matter where God places me.

I love my family and friends dearly, so my goals are also to serve them. I am learning to embrace the femininity that God has given me. Of course, everyone woman is different. Not all of us are super domestic or love fashion, but God has given all of His daughters a precious feminine spirit that should always be joyfully expressed. 

But what does Biblical femininity look like? Let’s turn to scripture!

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God (1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV).

A Godly woman’s feminine beauty comes from within–by a gentle and quiet, loving spirit.

that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5).

A Godly woman is pure and modest. If she is married, then she is loving and faithful to her husband and children. A feminine woman takes care of her home (even though this will be unique for every household).

She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms (Proverbs 31:17).

Whoever says women aren’t strong has obviously not read Proverbs 31! Although most women are physically weaker than men to some degree, we have our own strength. A Biblical woman is industrious and resourceful. She works hard to provide for her family and take care of those in need. She knows how to roll up her sleeves!

Most importantly, true femininity comes from letting the light of Jesus shine through your every act and word. 

So tell me ladies, are you embracing your femininity? In what ways can we emulate Biblical femininity in our modern world?

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