Christianity and feminism? can the two coexist or are they contradictory to each other? Before we delve into the question, let me explain a bit of what feminism is. Just to be clear, feminism is not a new term, but a movement that propelled in the 60s and 70s. Feminism was all part of the women’s rights movement that encouraged and empowered women, but obviously, not all women were truly represented in this movement, but that is a whole other story.
Today the term feminism and labeling yourself as a feminist has other connations that I will discuss below. Please take into consideration that these are my opinions and I am not claiming that every modern feminist believes in these ideals. However, in the grand scheme of things, the following 3 ideas are what has been voiced by the modern feminist movement.
3 Feminism Ideals
Male Leadership Is Despised
The feminist movement has pushed the idea that men are the opponent. However, men and women are complementary to each other. The movement in a sense says ” We don’t need men”, and that is very far from the truth. We need men, we need strong men that are God fearing and understand their value as well as the value of women. There is a very loud and clear message that women can do everything on there own when in reality they truly cannot, and the Bible makes this very clear. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” ( Genesis 2:18)
Men and women were made alike in the image of God. The fact that women must submit under men is not a threat to womanhood, which is what the feminist movement argues.Submission is only crutching when power is abused.Click To Tweet If men were to truly submit under the authority of God like it is mentioned in the Bible, women submitting would not be as much of an issue.
God formed both men and women, and because of that, we expect that there are attributes of God found in men as well as women, both are necessary to see the whole beauty of God. So I argue that we are better off supporting the complementation of men and women, instead of bashing one group over the other.
It Values Some Women and Demeans Others
” We didn’t fight for women’s right for you to stay at home”, I have heard statements like this many times, and it’s quite saddening. I believe in the empowerment of all women, however, the feminist movement has created a positive image around a certain type of woman while demeaning the other. You might know where I am going with this. The business lady, that has an equal partnership with her husband and does not sacrifice her career for her family is glorified. But you will not often find the feminist movement supporting the stay at home mother that chooses to forgo her career for the sake of raising her family.
I am not saying that there is an issue with the career women, I for one believe that women are very dynamic and that with the right planning, they can do a lot more than society has given them credit for. However, I do not agree with the little importance that has been placed on the family dynamic and the importance of the woman playing a strong role in the household
It Supports Sexual Liberation
Sexual liberation in the simplest form is the idea of women, shamelessly satisfying their sexual needs without the burden of guilt or judgment. It’s an ” it’s my body and I can do what I want with it” type message. Now as much as I agree, that men are not the authority over the body of women, I believe in God’s ultimate authority over our bodies and who we are. As a Christian, I cannot support the sexual liberation movement because it contradicts with the word of God, and places me as my own authority. I do not find it particularly liberating to be promiscuous and dress immodestly. I believe that doing so actually has devalued the women body and has subjected it as a tool for the pleasure of others.
Jesus Honors Women
If the feminist movement was simply to advocate the equality of women to men, I would most definitely support this movement and even call myself a feminist. However, the feminist movement supports ideas that are simply do not align with the word of God. I do not believe that as a Christian I can also be a modern feminist in the ways that the world describes it.
Now what I think is really important to note is that women empowerment and equality is important and supported by God. I believe that the church as a whole has not always done justice on empowering women and exemplifying the way God sees them. people will even argue that Christianity is misogynistic, but what I will say is that Jesus Christ certainly honors women.
There are many passages in scripture that highlight powerful women, even though it was not common in those days. Look at Deborah for example, she was a judge for Israel. During those times, Israel did not have a king and a judge was equally as powerful as a king. Deborah led the Israelites and caused them to win over Sisera ( Judges 4). Rahab was a simple woman that was bold enough to protect Israelite soldiers and for that reason was protected and was listed in the ancestry of Jesus Christ.
One of the most impactful acts is that Jesus first revealed himself to a woman after being resurrected (John 20:11-18). Now if you aren’t Christian, you may not understand the importance of this. Jesus’s crucifixion and His resurrection is the gem of Christianity. Ressurection is the whole basis of everything we do and our ability to walk in freedom. The fact that Jesus first revealed himself to a woman is special and reveals His love for us.
You Don’t Have To Be A Feminist To Support Women
I want to leave you all with this, female empowerment and equality of men and women should not be a debate. Women and men are made equal in value but not equal in purpose.Click To Tweet When we each understand our value, we are able to play our specific roles with power and strength. The virtues and the innate feminine character are critical to the success of mankind and the kingdom of God. Women do NOT need to take on the roles of men to seem more valuable. In your barest form, you are valuable because you were formed by the one that sets the value. On the other hand, men are equally important and their nature is critical to the success of mankind.
Don’t fall into the lie that if you aren’t a feminist, you are not in support of women, that is so far from the truth. Let me know what you think of feminism and Christianity below.