If I am to reclaim my life and find joy in the everyday, I want to live unbounded by feminist fear.
The feminists chief argument is this: If we don't stake our claim to equality, demanding it even, we may be abused, taken advantage of and/or treated like property. The reasoning goes like this: we need feminism to protect women and to ensure they are treated with dignity, respect and equal rights.
The thing is, I don't need to take claim to the name "feminist" to care about women, and people in general. We are commanded as Christians (not feminists) to love one another as ourselves (sin perverts this command, not "men").
I realize there are different types of feminism, 1st wave, 2nd wave, radical, etc. I also understand why Christian women would naturally gravitate towards certain "whitewashed" notions of feminism, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries. That is a whole other discussion that deserves to be unpacked more fully, but today's post is not the place.
My heart's desire is that we as women would be loosed of fear and instead live under the authority of a God who gave His life for us, the ultimate violators in disrespect, injustice, and abuse. If anyone understands women, it is Jesus, who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped (Philippians 2:6,7). He submitted to the Father...to the point of death. Why? That we would know Him. Life is worth so much more then the experience we have on earth. We get so stuck in the here and now that we give up on the eternal.
Do you trust God?
If we trust Him, then we can trust that what He commands is good and worthy...and for His glory (not ours). If you have a hard time accepting His commands with respect to submission, authority, gender roles and servant hood (which I think will need to be outlined in another post) then I would say your issue isn't with equality, feminism, or patriarchy; your issue is probably with God.
Truly, there is so much more to say, but I think if I try and squeeze it all in today's post, I will not do justice to the validity of certain complaints, questions, and comments. Again, this topic cannot be brushed aside with only platitudes and generalities. Suffice to say, I want to reclaim my life without reclaiming my life. I am reclaiming my life (and challenging you in hope) to reclaim yours for the glory of God and the sincere joy that can only be imparted in obedience.
I don't want the protection of feminism...I want the protection of God. Now that's living in freedom.
(Steering clear of feminist fear works for me!)
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