A few months ago, I had a conversation with someone I love and admire and she said she’s never really thought of herself as a feminist.
I asked her, “Have you always believed that men and women should have equal rights?”
Her answer was emphatically, “yes!”
She had grown up unaware that she could be treated any differently as a girl. Her family esteemed women and treated her the same as the boys in her family.
They allowed her to dream. Not just girl dreams. Human dreams.
I kindly let her in on the fact that she has always been a feminist, she just didn’t know it.
And I hope you are too. Whether you knew it or not.
Feminism is simply, at its core, believing in the fundamental rights of girls and women as human beings.
You don’t have to be a bra-burning rabble-rouser to be a feminist. You can be. But you don’t have to be.
You don’t have to march. You can. But you don’t have to.
You don’t have to post about it on social media. You can. But you don’t have to.
Feminism comes in so many different forms.
I think there’s a huge misconception about Christianity when it comes to feminism. Many people think it’s a suppressive religion.
But I’ve never seen anyone, in my lifetime, so fiercely love and uplift women than Jesus.
He was present at creation and created man and woman equally in his image (John 1:3; Genesis 1:27).
When he came to earth to dwell among us, he chose to make himself vulnerable to the care of a woman who was, in society’s eyes, nothing but a lowly servant girl (Luke 1:48).
Jesus challenged patriarchy and traditional gender roles (Luke 10:41-42).
He used a story to equate God/himself with a woman (Luke 15:8-10).
He removed shame from women who were looked down on (John 8:7).
Jesus revealed some of his most important teachings to women (John 4:21-26).
Jesus did life with women (Luke 8:1-3).
Jesus didn’t value women solely based on their role as mothers (Luke 11:27-28).
He went against cultural norms (Luke 7:36-50).
Jesus shared the most exciting news in all of history with women first (Matthew 28:1-10).
Women, it’s time to live in your identity as a cherished, valued, equal child of God.
Keep dreaming, keep doing, knowing that Jesus is on your side.
Men, it’s time to care for, validate, uplift, and fiercely love women – just as Jesus does.
Step into an awareness of your biases. Christian men, evaluate if what you’ve believed about women is based on scripture, or what you’ve been taught in the church.
See the value in women, not just because they are a daughter or a wife or a mother, but because they are human, regardless of their role in society.
I, like Jesus, am a feminist. I believe in equality for men and women.
I see that we still have a long way to go.
I believe that women are passed over for opportunities because of preconceived notions about them. I believe patriarchal principles are so ingrained in our minds that we are often unaware when we think and act based on such principles.
But here’s the hope…
Notice the title of this blog post: Jesus Is A Feminist. Emphasis on the present tense.
Just because Jesus is not currently incarnate on the earth doesn’t mean he’s not actively believing in, fighting for, and cheering on his girls. He is.
“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31