Was the Proverbs 31 woman described in the bible a Feminist? Some Christian leaders today would say, “Yes.”
If you ask me, as Lisa Miller did of the Washington Post, I would say the two words “Christian” and “Feminist” don’t go together. A Feminist demands respect and equality. A Christian does just the opposite. She gains value and respect from who she is in Christ. In addition, the goal of a female Christian leader is to serve not demand her rights of any kind.
Surprisingly, this new term has been coined to describe female Christian leaders in our world today. Among the examples that are being labeled “Christian Feminist” are Sarah Palin and Minnesota Congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann.
I don’t really get the connection. Sure, these two female leaders have risen to the top and rub elbows with male leaders at the top of the ladder as well. But these women also believe in pro-life and submission to their husbands. Isn’t this belief a huge issue with the Feminist?
Speaking of equality, I believe in Gal 3:28 that states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” I also believe in submission to my husband. I do not believe that the bible teaches husbands to lord over their wives but love them as Christ loved the church by giving himself up on her behalf. Nor do I believe that a woman has a right to choose her body over the life of her baby. Doing so puts her above God’s law.
Christ elevated women during His earthly ministry. In fact, there are many female leaders in the bible. Anna prophesied. Mary Magdalene was a disciple of Christ, and Deborah was a judge of both men and women.
I’ve always felt that Feminist have misunderstood these biblical truths. It was the church leaders (Pharisees) that devalued women, not Christ.
The bottom line is this. God has a plan and purpose for both men and women. Following that plan unmasks the falsehood behind Feminist and teaches us all how to live together in harmony.
I would love to glean from your thoughts on the subject. Can a woman be a Christian and a Feminist?