Does the Bible say about Feminism?
Answer: As a Christian woman, this question is especially important to me. Does the Word of God address feminism? The modern concept of feminism was not present during the time that the Bible was written. That does not mean that the Bible has nothing to say on the basic issues of feminism. Even when the Scriptures seem to be silent on something that affects us today, there are eternal principles that speak to the underlying issue.
What are the issues of feminism? Feminism is a counterfeit solution to the real issue of the inequality of women in a sinful society. Feminism arrogates to itself the right to demand respect and equality in every aspect of life. Feminism is based in arrogance and it is the opposite of the call to the born again believer to be a servant. The actions of the modern, militant feminists of the last decade were geared to cause women to rise up and rebel against the order that God has given to mankind. That brand of feminism seeks to impose humanistic solutions that are in direct opposition to the Word of God. Feminism was originally a positive movement, focused on giving women the basic rights God intends for every human being to have. Tragically, feminism has gone past those roots to now focus on destroying any trace of a distinction in roles between men and women.
What then should be the view of a Christian about feminism? A believing woman, who is seeking to obey God and walk in peace and grace, should remember that she has equal access to all spiritual blessings in Christ. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). A believing woman should not allow herself to be a pawn in the worldly agenda of the feminist movement. Men and women have a God-given privilege to fulfill the plan that God has set for us. Rebellion against that plan, and arrogance that seeks to put self above God's Word, results in self-inflicted consequences. We see those consequences in the destruction of the relationship between husbands and wives, the destruction of the family, and the loss of respect for human life.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world" (1 John 2:16). The principles of the fall are present in this verse. Eve believed the lie that eating the fruit would bring her wisdom. She lusted and she took or arrogated to herself something that was forbidden. This is the basis for the movement of feminism. Women have bought into the lie that feminism will bring them what they want, what they think that they "deserve." However, the promise is empty for the premise is based in pride and pride goes before a fall. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).
In the last decade there has been the rise of a society that is so concerned with political correctness and so sensitive to being "offended" that civility has lost its way. However, this is really nothing new for there has always been inequality in this world. It is sad but true that artificial barriers that have no basis in God's Word have always divided humanity. There is only one race, the human race! With in that human race we have male and female, different ethnicities, different colors, and different national origins. However, we are all of the same God created human race. It is sin in the heart that causes inequality. It is sin in the heart that causes men to treat women in ways that are meant to demean. It is sin that sets one person above another. And it is sin that seeks to use counterfeit solutions to counteract these inequalities. The only true cure for inequality is obedience to God's Word. If men and women would walk in obedience to God's word, feminism would be unmasked for what it is, and the harmony that God has ordained for the relationship between men and women would be the result.
Feminism Attitude and Wifely Submission
I think that one of the most important things
Christian wives need to realize is that marriage was not made for their
happiness. We need to get off the pedestal! Marriage was made FOR GOD
and to Glorify Him in all that we do in our marriage. Marriage belongs
to God! He is the One who established it and created the blueprints for
it through His loving principles on how a woman should conduct herself
in the marriage with her husband.
I read an article the other day that talks about
Christian feminism. Is this an oxymoron or what? How can a feminist be a
Christ follower? How can a feminist submit to her husband? Can she
follow Christ and her ego-based ambitions at the same time? Scripture
clearly let us know that we cannot have two masters because we will love
the one and hate the other. This is because feminism and true
Christianity clash like water and oil.
So this brings me to mention all of the married
women out there who arenít actually claiming feminism but behave like
feminists by not giving their husbands the opportunity to take his
headship position, or who usurp his authority, and or who simply do
whatever they want in the marriage without any regard to their
husbandís. Scripture lets us know that a woman cannot be a feminist
and a genuine Christian at the same time.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
So there you have it. We need to change our heart
attitude by renewing our minds to a new perspectiveóGodís
perspective. That means we NEED to get rid of all the preconceived ideas
of how we think marriage should be, and get rid of the ideas and beliefs
that others have instilled into our mental state over the years, and
refresh our minds with Godís marvelous and wonderful perspective.
Christian culture shows us that most women today
carry an attitude of feminism even though they do not claim to be a
feminist! But feminism is all too apparent in their behavior and
attitude, by how they carry themselves and by how they have given up
their God given role in marriage for a conformist role made up largely
of worldly beliefs and ideals. Wifely submission is something to be
feared and hated. This rebelliousness to Godís design for marriage has
caused many failed and unhappy marriages!
Christian women are becoming absorbed into the
culture of society because it pampers their ideals. It feels better to
fit in to popular Christian societyóits not as much work or effort.
They can claim feminism and still say they are Christian. They can
divorce their husbands and still say they are Christian, They can wear
revealing clothing and still say they are Christian. Sadly, this is a
not what Godís Word reveals to us. Jesus taught exactly the opposite
of how many professed Christian women are living today.
If we profess Christianity then why are we
following ungodly ways that lead us away from the kingdom of heaven and
separate us from God, our Father? Shouldnít a Christ-one be following
in the ways of Christ? Are we Christians or are we hypocrites? If we
want to enjoy the blessings of marriage then we need to apply what
Christ has already laid out for us for our marriage. Meaning, Christian
women are to follow Godís blueprint for marriage not the worlds
blueprint. If you are not being a helpmeet to your husbands headship
role now, then why not? What can you do to change yourself that will
help you to glorify God with your marriage role?
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
father, which is in heaven. . (Matthew 7:21)