Women, Arise

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“If we truly want to stop the poison of injustice and elevate the dignity of women in the Trump era, we will need more than sassy outrage from Hollywood stars. We need a gutsy, courageous, grassroots Christian women’s movement that is not afraid to stand for both gender equality and sexual purity; we need compassion for pregnant women as well as a mother’s heart to protect unborn and unwanted children.  Such a movement won’t come from Hollywood. It will be birthed out of the hearts of Christian women who carry the heart of Jesus for the oppressed, the victimized and the abused.”

This quote came from an article I read recently in Charisma news.  Before you visit the article (link below) or continue reading this post, let me make a few things very clear:

I am not a feminist, and this is not a platform for any kind of political debate.  My highest identity and value are not found in womanhood (though I am thankful to be a woman), but in belonging to Christ.  My aim is neither to praise nor criticize the current ruling administration over our nation, and I hope you will not use this space for the same.  My commitment is to pray for both our president and our nation, according to God’s Word, and to trust Him with the rest.  And my hope is that, as women, we would become all that God has intended for us to be.  Nothing less, and nothing more.

That being said, there may be some terms in this article you, I, or we don’t necessarily agree with.  For the sake of the topic and intention at hand, I invite you to do as I have learned to do: “Chew the meat and spit out the bones.” This both necessitates spiritual maturity, and invites us to mature still more.  I hope you will accept the invitation.

I have posted this quote and article in order to stimulate a discussion in our circles of women:  WHAT KIND OF WOMAN DO YOU AND I WANT TO BE?  WHAT KIND OF WOMEN DOES GOD WANT US TO BE?  IN THIS HOUR, WHAT DOES THAT WOMAN LOOK AND SOUND LIKE?  WHERE CAN WE START, TODAY?

I believe too much time has been wasted discussing our opinions about how things have been done, or are being done.  We have complained too long.  We have criticized too much. We have allowed ourselves to be divided, rather than united, over things that we actually have the power to change, with God’s help.  Scripture says that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces at work in our lives and in our world (Ephesians 6:12).  It is time for us, then, to stop looking at man and to start taking up our spiritual weapons and doing damage to what opposes the Kingdom of God in our world.

My hope and prayer is that this will begin a movement:  of prayer, of Holy-Spirit led introspection, of passions being birthed and kindled, and of humility, with boldness.  My hope and prayer is that we will begin to talk and move like women of God, like women of faith and purity, like women whose hearts have been set ablaze for the plans and purposes of God. My hope and prayer is that our discussions will become new and different, holy and inspiring, and that we will become united in our quest to see Heaven come to this oppressed world.

May God be ever present in our discussions, and may this fire be contagious among us!

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”  Ephesians 5:15-17

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/62624-why-we-need-a-totally-new-women-s-movement

 


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