Christ: The True Source of Women's Liberation
- Friday, March 14, 2008
Jesus demonstrated that all “power and authority” belong to Him. Nothing could be clearer: any philosophy or form of deceptive thinking which places self at the center instead of adopting the servant’s posture modeled by Christ -- the One who humbled Himself and washed the feet of His disciples, disciples who called Him “Master” -- is diametrically opposed to the wisdom of God and doomed to fail.
Betty Friedan’s biographer asserts that prior to Friedan and the women’s movement, “women celebrated in American history books were footnotes.” While there is truth in that observation, the problem, of course, is in the writing of the history books, not in the accomplishments of women.
As surprising as it may seem to some, radical feminists did not invent the idea of the powerful women. God did!
Long before Betty Friedan or Gloria Steinem brought their definitions to bear on who we are as women, God raised up women who exemplified His definition of a woman’s true strength and power. Women don’t have to rant and roar; through Him, we are all overcomers. God gave women the power to soar!
And, long before there was any kind of feminism, Jesus established real women’s liberation. Paul wrote to the Galations emphasizing that through faith we all now share in God’s glorious new covenant that provides freedom for those who believe: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse is a Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute. She writes about contemporary issues that affect women, family, religion and culture in her regular column "Dot.Commentary."
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