“We Can Trust That God’s Word Has Spoken Clearly”
[S]ince this is a book on how feminism impacts womanhood, you might be wondering how the gospel has anything to do with feminism. You get how the gospel gives us hope in our weakness, but feminism is an ideology. How does the gospel have anything to say about that? As an ideology, feminism is rooted in an understanding of the world. Feminism views the world through the female lens, sometimes to the exclusion of men. If we believe that men and women are equally created in the image of God, then we must believe that to view the world through one particular gender’s lens and draw life-altering conclusions from that worldview (to the exclusion of the other gender) is contrary to God’s design for his creation.
The Bible show[s] us that men and women are different because together they showcase God’s image. Feminism claims otherwise. Feminism claims to be the answer for the oppression of women, but nothing frees women like the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some feminists even claim that Jesus was a card-carrying feminist himself, but the seeds of feminism are actually an affront to the gospel. While some results of feminism have been good for society, the overarching message of cultural feminism is damaging. Feminism falsely asserts that equality equals sameness and that I am my own authority. While some might claim that feminism is historically Christian, a more robust understanding of the history of the women’s movement reveals that while the push for women to be able to vote, own property, and have equal legal standing with men accomplished necessary things for women, other teaching about womanhood that was born out of this movement is contrary to God’s Word. As we saw in the previous chapter, some of the feminists who fought so hard for a woman’s right to vote also wanted to discard biblical teaching on women in an effort to get them into pulpits and out from under the authority of their husbands.
At the end of the day, we can trust that God’s Word has spoken clearly on the matter of womanhood. And we are not God’s interpreter. He is.
Excerpt from Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design, by Courtney Reissig (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), 153-54. This wonderful work on biblical womanhood was given to guests at this summer’s Tea at 3 at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Consider purchasing the book by following the link above.