Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all creatures that move along the ground. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them”
I love womanhood and I love to see women blossoming in their journey of discovering themselves. I love the femininity of it. The gentleness. The sound and feel of a woman. The contours and the grace. I’d say I am at that point where I am learning about womanhood and what God teaches about it. Feminism is a widely disseminated philosophy. It’s hard to miss it. It is something I have struggled with in my mind. Its validity and its ideas and where I stand. Feminism is basically a philosophy that advocates for equal rights between men and women – socially, politically, economically or in any other way. Modern feminism goes further and fights for language equity where we now say chairperson instead of chairman. Outside Christianity, feminism may very well be a cause that is justifiably commendable. Does it not seek to ensure that women have room to dream, chase and excel. Fight for equal treatment in the workplace, boardrooms, classrooms and at home. It does sound good. Does it not?
On the forefront the idea that feminism is what achieves equality is not something I agree with. I am in favour of equality between men and women, the kind that is recorded in the beginning of time when God created male and female in His image. Man and woman were created by God to be equal in value but they both had different roles. Feminism invades into the authority of God and dictates how to live out womanhood. It invades the core of the Christian home and the God-designed purpose of each gender. We were not designed to be the same and to do the same things. If we were all meant to do the same thing in the same way, there wouldn’t be need for a different gender. God designed two different genders on a purpose and for a purpose.
THE NOTION OF EQUITY
Feminism creates a war that fights against womanhood. We have been told that our value and worth comes from sameness. You know, unless we accomplish the same things as the guys, we simply are not that valuable. We especially need to accomplish those things in a better manner. In any given day men and women are different, they each have different strengths, different abilities, different roles and different purposes but do these differences necessarily imply inequality? Christianity does not perceive these differences as a place for inequality. Feminism however believes that true equality cannot be realised without sameness. Here’s an analogy I came across that sums it up. A rolling pin and a measuring cup are two different entities, and we can recognize that without having to say that one is better than the other. I mean, if I invite you in to my kitchen and show you my kitchen utensils it would be quite odd if you accused me of believing that the measuring cup is better than the rolling pin. Better at what exactly? If you would say for instance want to measure a liter of milk, you would have a hard time using a rolling pin and the same could be said if you wanted to roll some dough and you went for the measuring cup. Both the measuring cup and rolling pin bring success when they work in their given functions.
The great debate about men being better than women or women being better than men is of no consequence. We are all equally valuable in Christ, simply with different functions. To put up a standard of measure for worth for two different entities is pointless. We all have different purposes in life, we have been called in to different fields of influence. Even in the same field of influence, if we choose to label one gender better than the other I tend to believe we will have lost the mark. In our daily pursuit of excellence the person you should aim to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Everybody has different things going on in their lives, different backgrounds, family set-ups and struggles. The daily goal is to be better than who you were yesterday. Growth has never been about and will never be about being better than your neighbour. It is about growing into a better version of you
TWO SIDES. TO COINS.
Ultimately, feminism has never offered a solution that the Bible has not already taken care of. What you believe about a woman’s value is directly tied to what you believe about the God who made her. A philosophy that does not have this foundation has no way of assuring lasting equality. In essence the standard that feminism wants to be applied, is those that are applied to men. It does not give room for women to excel in their femaleness. Feminism creates this thing, where a woman is always being defined against a man. But really, a woman who drives a car faster or in a manner that shows more skill than a man is not a woman who is better than a man, it’s simply just a woman who can drive a car. Manhood is different from womanhood. Their excellence and success will look different.
1ST Peter 3:3-4
Do not let your beauty come from the outside. It should not be the way you comb your hair or the wearing of gold or the wearing of fine clothes. Your beauty should come from the inside. It should come from the heart. This is the kind that lasts… ( NKJV)
Dear Eve, In Christ, we find all the fulfillment, worth, value and purpose life has to offer.(For both the man and the woman. At the heart of feminism is the desire to prove that women have worth and value. But we do not need feminism to inform us of our worth and value. We already have Jesus for that. We find our value and preciousness in Jesus. When He tells us of our worth that is far more precious than rubies. When He affirms our beauty in songs of Solomon when he whispers in our ears that, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling there is no flaw in you”. Let us not let society make us feel like we have anything to prove. Embrace the femininity that is described in God’s word. So yes please darling, do run, fight and throw like a girl.