This week I was plain discouraged. I was trying to figure out how to fit in as a feminist when I am pro-life. How do I fit in as a feminist when I believe men and women were created equally in God’s image but with separate roles that require them to work together? How can I be a feminist and march alongside women spewing hateful statements that I don't agree with? So, I didn’t march, but then I felt guilty about not marching for the issues feminists took up that do matter to me…equal pay…equal opportunity…civil rights...non-objectification…protection. Then it hit me. Labels are divisive.
I am not a feminist nor a passive female. I am not pro-life or pro-choice. I am not pro-equality or pro-discrimination. I am pro-Jesus.
Okay that was cheesy but hang with me. When I define myself not by the world’s standards, but by God’s standards, when I define myself as a child of God rather than try to conform to the definitions of this world…then I am free.
I am free to follow my God and still stand next to those that don’t agree with me.
I am free to stand up for what the Bible says in a loving way.
I am free to love in truth and excellence.
I can stand, or march, next to my sister who is an extreme feminist and voice my view that God said to stand up for the oppressed. I can also sit down next to her and tell her that my God also created man and woman to help each other. I can remind her that Jesus came to give life abundant so that we could live abundantly, not so we could destroy it. I can share that while I support her on some of her platforms there are others that the Bible will Trump. Yes, the Bible even Trumps Trump, so I am not afraid of him though I don’t agree with his objectification of women or his reckless discriminatory comments. I also don’t agree with certain women cursing him on their platforms (Madonna a little class here).
I recall a wise man Paul once say, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
Let’s renew our minds. Let’s not spend time trying to determine how we fit into the feminist dialog. Let’s spend time determining how to share the dialog of Jesus in a broken world. Let’s not define ourselves by a worldly label. Can You Be A Christian Feminist? I'm not sure nor do I care to waste anymore time figuring it out. Let’s just define ourselves by the name given to us by our Creator. Child of God. Let’s not fight for equality and human rights in the name of feminism but in the name of Jesus.
I'm just a girl, standing before my God, knowing that He loves me and wanting others to know that love too.