Reflections on Feminism
I am no misogynist. I love women, and enjoy their company immensely. I find them delightful in their compassion, wisdom, intuition and enthusiasm. I remember going out for drinks with three women from the theatre group I was involved in back in the 90’s. We began discussing our favorite plays or movies, and the exuberant way they responded with screams of delight when a favorite movie was mentioned was so much fun to be part of. Men just don’t act that way. I have worked with women in the church, in community theatre and in the supportive care of physically and mentally challenged adults. If anything I love women too much, and can easily get caught up in an infatuation. And I love men very much as well, and admire their awesome masculine qualities. I have worked with men in the church, and in various aspects of construction. I have gone out for drinks with the crew and have enjoyed it immensely as well, but it was entirely different experience than that of being with women. One of the discussions we have as men is how feminism is destroying our families and our marriages. BTW ladies, we men have that discussion all the time, and in my opinion the plague of divorce which is destroying the fabric of our society is an abysmal curse brought about in huge measure by feminism. I just had that same discussion again recently. A man was mentioning how is wife was abdicating from life. Although quite talented and quite social and with a lot to offer the world, she now lived her life on the couch watching tv. Her Christian husband who is a gracious and very intelligent man cannot help her. They had been part of a church which decided to move in a direction which could be seen as anti feminist in their policy and she had felt betrayed and rejected and now has given up on life. When he directs her to get off her bottom and get back to serving God and her community, she ignores him and despises his authority. I asked him, ” is your wife influenced by feminism.” ? He replied, ” oh yeah!” In his perspective feminism was the problem and I totally agree. Using theological language I consider feminism to be a spiritual stronghold of Satan. A stronghold is a lie which is used to bring God’s children into slavery, to disempower them, and to remove them from the will and blessing of God. Feminism is a revolt against God. God has placed man in authority, in part ,to help Him put women in their rightful place. If man’s place is to be in authority then it is his place to bring about obedience and submission to God in his family. The irony is that if women don’t allow men, under God, to be a partner with God, in putting them in their place, then women become a serious obstacle that makes it difficult for God to put man in his rightful place. The place God puts a man is in subordinate, sanctified, obedience to Himself and His will and the sanctified man is the best gift God can give a woman. Christians need to discern that feminism is profoundly rebellious and defiant at its core whether it brands itself as Christian or not. Feminism is not something that Christians, men or women, should embrace. Can a man carry fire in his bosom and not be burned ?
I love women and want the very best for them but I am no feminist. I was for a time and but am seeing, ever more clearly, that it is indeed a trap, a lie of the enemy. I am a Christian Humanist. As a humanist I have a very high view of man. I don’t ascribe to any version of worm theology. We, male and female, are created in God’s image, male and female He created them, and the glory that we are capable of attaining, in Him, goes far beyond what our imagination’s can conceive. But we can only attain to that glory when we allow God to put us in our place. Revival, in fact, could be defined simply as being put in our place. We all have a place that is defined by both our general characteristics , ie male or female, and by our specific characteristics, our specific personality and gifting’s. And it is God who puts us in our place through His word, His spirit and those in authority in our lives. God is preparing us a place, both in time and in eternity and it is beyond words a good place. If we don’t allow God to put us in our place be assured that, one way or another, Satan will, and his choice for us will not be pleasant.
Jesus is our model for this. Let me share this quote from the bible
Jesus place was to go the cross and he allowed the father to put Him there. The way up was the way down. His empowerment was his emptying himself of all power. Vs 6 says that he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. Feminism is a grasping for an equality with men, in area’s that they are just not equal. And men will never be equal with women either . Women far excel men in several ways. We are equal in worth, in dignity and honor, and in our relationship with God, but in everything else we are not equal. We are different and as Elisabeth Elliot points out, we need to grasp the significance of that difference.
Philipians ch 2:2 speaks of us having the same mind as Christ. This is the mind controlled by the Holy Spirit. This is a gracious, submissive, obedient mind in both men and women. Romans ch 8 speaks of how the carnal mind, is completely contrary to the mind controlled by the Holy Spirit
Romans 8:5-11 New Living Version
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
In my last post Elizabeth Elliot wrote about Feminists and how they demand the right to do whatever they want and not do whatever they don’t want. This is exactly what Paul is speaking of in Romans 8. If we have a carnal mind we will not obey God, we will not please God, and we will not experience his blessing in our lives and relationships.
God earnestly wishes to give us life and peace, but He can only do so when we allow Him to put us in the place He has determined for us.