“You’ve got to admit, the Bible is sexist,” is a variation of argumentation I have heard many times over the past few years for why Christianity is outdated and discriminatory. For so long, I have not known what to say in response to this phrase.
It’s something I knew wasn’t true, but I wasn’t sure how to put my feelings into words. I wasn’t sure where to turn. I retreated to sending videos of other pastors explaining the points I couldn’t quite get out of my mouth.
It wasn’t until I was in premarital counseling, chatting about my and Austin’s varying roles in our marriage that I started to consider how freeing and empowering it is to be a woman in the context of the Bible. You see, for years, I knew mostly how Scripture had been used out of context to hurt people. I knew that women weren’t supposed to do certain things. I knew that the Bible talked mostly to men, but I didn’t know why.
I didn’t see that the roles God created for men and women were perfect in their correct context. I didn’t see that it was the sin that caused sexism to take over.
Over the next few weeks, you and I will ask questions about Biblical womanhood through the lens of women God used to write His story. We will answer the questions the world wants to know:
What is really the difference between men and woman?
Is the Bible sexist?
Were men in the Bible sexist?
Do women really have to submit?
What is my role as a woman as a wife? a daughter? What about when I am single?
You see, from the beginning of time, womanhood has been skewed.
Take Eve for example. Satan first went to her because He saw her as weak. He knew that God had first entrusted Adam with the information of which tree was off limits. He chose to play her.
And she fell for it. She fell for the lie that something besides God could give her power. Something in this world could strengthen her more than her Father could.
And her husband stood beside her and neglected his responsibility by refusing to step in. He wanted that power too. He wanted to lift himself more than he wanted to protect his wife.
This was the beginning of a very screwed up relationship between men and women and this world and how we feel about God.
And with that sin–that lust after power–came punishment that kept our relationships broken. “Her desire will be for her husband and he will rule over her.” This verse is disputed and argued over, but its point remains clear:
A brokenness was brought into relationships between men and women.
The roles were created as one. They still are one. Man is no better than woman. Woman is no better than man. God created male and female in His own image. Each has its own role. Each has its own meaning. Each was created with equal importance in the world, the Church, and the Kingdom of God. According to John Piper, this implies “equality of personhood, equality of dignity, mutual respect, harmony, complementarity, and a unified destiny.”
So over the next four weeks, we will explore these relationships in more detail. We will learn about how to function as a woman in this broken world. We will focus on what it means to embrace Biblical Womanhood as beloved daughters of Jesus through the eyes of the following women:
Hannah: Womanhood is staying constant in faith despite the failings of our leaders.
Mary: Womanhood is fearless submission in its correct context (We will discuss what submission is and what it is not this week).
Martha and Mary: Womanhood is knowing when to work and when to sit.
Mary Magdelin: Womanhood is boldness and strength for the sake of Christ’s Cross.
All these women have a few things in common. 1) Most of their names were Mary. Hah. 2) They all were sinners and had weaknesses. 3) They were all let down by men. 4) They all let men down. 5) They all needed to be redeemed by someone stronger than them.
But guess what? That man was not a husband or a father or a boss. That man was Jesus. That man was the ultimate picture of submission. The story of the Bible is a beautiful story, my sister. The daughter’s story is a story of strength beyond her own ability. The daughter of Christ is unique in her ability. She is strong where her brother is weak.
And the story of the brother is that he is strong where his sister is weak.
God gave us uniqueness. He gave us strengths. No strength is better of another. If you will stick around for the next four weeks, I would love to break that down for your heart. Maybe you still think, “The Bible is sexist”. Maybe you think, “There’s no such thing as sexism”.
I want to convince you that both of those “truths” are lies.
I want to show you the better story Christ has written for us daughters than the story that the world prescribes for us.
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It is one we are often afraid to engage in.
It is one that I am often afraid to engage in.
It is one that Christians have to partake in to live in the full blessings of grace God gives us here on earth.
It is a hard conversation.
It is a freeing conversation.