I was born in the 1970’s. As such, I have no recollection of a time when women’s rights and equality were not at the forefront of secular society; I grew up in the age of feminism. I mentioned in Monday’s post that I became a Christian as an adult, so I have a very distinct view of secular versus Biblical womanhood. In those early days after my conversion, it was eye-opening to begin to understand how upside down my views of womanhood, gender roles, and what it means to have equality were. It took some time for the Holy Spirit to renew my mind through the scriptures so that I had a correct (Biblical) understanding of womanhood. Sadly, when I survey Evangelicalism today I see many professing Christian women who still hold worldly views of womanhood. Ladies, we need to make sure that in all things, it is the Bible that is the sole authority and not society, people’s opinions/ wishes, or the culture that has the defining say.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about womanhood.
Genesis 1:27 tells us that “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” At the very heart of womanhood, is the fact that women were created in God’s image. We are image-bearers, as are men. That is what sets us apart from the rest of His creation. Although men and women are both equal in Christ (Galatians 3:28), God did create men and women with differences: physically and emotionally. He also assigned men and women different roles in marriage (Genesis 2:18) and the Church (1 Timothy 2:11-13).
Modern minds hear “different roles” and they decide that means “unequal roles”. That is not a Biblical understanding. From God’s perspective, men and women can be different physically, emotionally, and have different roles, but they are still equal in value to Him. Equality does not come out of sameness. Equality is defined by God in Christ. I have written in depth about God’s assigned gender roles here.
The Bible and the culture are also at odds regarding modesty. The culture says that women should, or are entitled, to dress seductively; dressing to attract attention to their sexuality. The Bible tells us that “Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,” (1 Timothy 2:9).
The culture says that women’s physical appearance and sexual attractiveness is what makes them beautiful. The Bible says that it is what is on the inside that makes a woman beautiful:
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:3-4).
Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
Because Satan is the ruler of this world, the world looks like him. And he is a fallen house, divided (Mark 3:22-27); Satan has already been defeated. Anyhow, because Satan rules the world, and the world looks like him, we see nonsensical things from those who are in his kingdom. Like feminism. Here is just one of many examples from the divided house of feminism: Feminism says that women have a right to chose what to do with their bodies, including abortion. Abortion of females. What about those unborn women’s rights?
What does womanhood look like that the world praises? They march in the streets with (inferred) anatomically correct knitted hats, madly ranting and raving at the ‘patriarchy’. They are rebellious, quarrelsome, loud, sassy, and unsatisfied with God’s provision.
What does womanhood look like that God praises? She is “…dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things” (1 Timothy 3:11). Kindhearted (Proverbs 11:16) and submissive to her husband (Ephesians 5:22-23). Additionally, in Titus 2:3-5 it says “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Ladies, whether married or single, mother or childless, young or old, we would all do well to strive after these godly attributes outlined in the Word. True believers with new hearts desire God’s way. If you are a Christian lady, make sure that the Bible is defining your womanhood, and not the world.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Soli Deo Gloria!