Greetings, readers! I have a double feature blog post today, with a fun new outfit and some thoughts on a current, yet age-old issue. To save on time, I will explain about the outfit here. It features four darling new items - the skirt is gifted from a co-worker, tights from Mom for my birthday, and boot cuffs and booties purchased using a Target birthday gift-card from my co-workers. P.S, these shoes are a new favorite pair. :)
Womanhood and women's rights are a hot topic right now. As Christians, it is crucial to look at this controversial issue from a Biblical worldview. We the women of God are not to be weak, timid pieces of property. Instead, we are to to be strong, kind, and faithful to our Maker. Women have a different role than men, but are of equal worth to God. Embracing our Creator's design for us is truly the bravest statement on womanhood we can make.
The woman portrayed in Proverbs 31 is often used as an example of Biblical womanhood. She can give us valuable insight into what a godly female is. To begin with, her husband trusts her, and she does him good (11-12). She works with her hands in delight (13) - she is not lazy. She makes wise investments (16) and has her own business (24). She takes care of her household (21,27). She dresses in beauty (22). She is clothed in strength and dignity (25). Her speech is full of wisdom and kindness (26). Rather than being a selfish bon-bon eater, this woman uses her brain, honors her husband, works hard and speaks well. Verse 30 tells us that being a woman who fears the Lord is praiseworthy, opposed to vain beauty.
In the New Testament, we see more passages outlining Christian womanhood. One example is 1 Peter 3:3-6* which says, "Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear."
God does not advocate the abuse, objectification, trafficking or belittling of women. Anyone who uses the Bible to excuse such behavior is wrong. Instead, the Word tells men to love and cherish their wives (Ephesians 5:25,28,29). In his letter, Paul instructs Timothy to treat the older women as mothers and the younger women as sisters, in all purity (1 Timothy 5:2). Though women are not to teach or have authority over men (1 Timothy 2:12), this does not make us less human or less valuable than men. The two genders have different roles before God but were equally created by Him (Genesis 5:2) and equal as sinners redeemed by the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:28).
Before we are tempted to join the band-wagon of the world, let us stop and consider the ways of our Lord. As 1 Peter 3 told us, we are not to be afraid of doing what is right. The Biblical woman is not a timid doormat, but a courageous ambassador of Christ to the world. She uses the gifts and intelligence God has given her without being brash or rude. May you and I be brave enough to obey our Lord and show the world what a real woman is, pointing them to who the real Savior is.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
John 8:31-32 *
* scripture quotations are from NASB