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Dear Bible Girl,
Q: I am an absolute warrior for women’s rights and you so called “good Christian women” put all of us back a thousand years! Don’t you idiots get it? It’s not the Bible, stupid! The Bible is outdated and makes women total second class citizens. I’ll bet you would even risk a woman’s life to have a baby even though a doctor said not to. What kind of God would put a blob of tissue over the life of a woman anyway? Talk about screwed up morals! By the way, I’m a lesbian, too, so put that in you precious Bible and stuff it! Caz B.
A: Let me start your answer by informing you that there is no such thing as a “good Christian woman” or a “good Christian man” for that matter. None of us is “good”. We are all wading eyeballs deep in our own sin. There is no difference between you and I where sin is concerned. But here’s where we do part ways; it IS the Bible, stupid!
Woman first makes her appearance in the Bible in the book of Genesis. “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis, Chapter 1 verse 18) Notice that God did not say that he would make a slave, or an underling, but a helper comparable to Adam. I don’t know about you, but I believe that helping others is the highest calling any of us can have. Woman was given a hugely important role to play. However, the moment the bite was taken out of the forbidden fruit, sin changed everything. To be sure, history has shown that women were enslaved and treated as chattel or worse. But this is not the original intent. God intended for women to serve with and be respected by men. Woman, in turn, was to be respectful toward man and honor the leadership position that he was placed in by God. Does this mean that women can’t ever be leaders? No! The Bible shows us many examples of great women who led because of their heart for service. Ruth, Esther, Rahab and Lydia, are just a few names that come to mind. These women led by their example and were greatly respected by both men and women alike. They didn’t seek power for themselves, but rather, relied on God to grant them wisdom to overcome their challenges by helping others. It is this very notion, however, that modern woman rejects and despises.
The term “good Christian women” is derision then based on the fact that some women hate the fact that Christian women are expected to honor the leadership positions of their husbands. Also hated is the fact that a Christian woman is to play the role of helper and most of all that she is to rely on God for all direction and guidance. Why is this so maddening to some feminists? Because in the feminist worldview all this belies weakness. In God’s view, though, weakness is strength. Ruth was a poverty-stricken widow who came to Jerusalem with her mother-in-law Naomi. They had nothing. But Ruth believed that God would bless her. She went on to marry Boaz and was honored by being in the lineage of King David and Jesus. Esther was an orphan who was taken in by her older cousin, Mordecai. She, too, had nothing. But she trusted in her God and he made her queen of all Persia. She went on to save the nation of Israel from being completely wiped out. Rahab was a prostitute and she had nothing but a small family home. She trusted in God and was later rewarded by marrying and being part of the great lineage of King David and Jesus. Lydia was a New Testament woman who became a convert to Christianity after hearing the Apostle Paul. A prosperous business woman, she was a seller of purple cloth and dye. She was the very first convert in Macedonia and in all Europe. She asked God to use her skills and monies to further His work in that region. Selfless, she turned all that she had over to help those in need. Each of these women was weak by themselves, but God lifted them up and gave them strength to fulfill their mighty purposes. They led by example and to this day their names are still honored in every country on this planet. Man or woman, when we ask God to make us the people He intended for us to be, we are not second class citizens, but rather, we become first class citizens in God’s spiritual kingdom. Since the spiritual world is eternal, and this world is temporal, then logic dictates that first class in an eternal realm is much better than popularity in a temporal one.
The second part of your question has to do with abortion, a contentious subject in America today, to be sure. You ask what kind of God would put a blob of tissue over the life of a woman. God doesn’t make those decisions, but women do on a daily basis. We are asked by God to be respectful of life since each and every one of us was created. “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew, Chapter 10 verses 29-31) Jesus taught that even little sparrows are noticed and cared for by God, but that God knows each of us so intimately in every stage of our existence from conception to old age, that He has counted exactly how many hairs are on each of our heads!
The technological advancement of medicine has brought miracles to many parents, in that the number of women and infants who die in childbirth has been greatly reduced in many countries, and especially in America. The fact is, in the U.S. more abortions are performed due to “inconvenience” that any other reason. The argument then is, just because we can, should we? Again, this depends on your worldview. If you believe that living any way you want should be consequence free, you are going to be very popular. That is how the modern world thinks, and abortion is a big part of that equation. Reality, though, teaches that this life ALWAYS has big consequences from which none of us can escape. It just so happens that abortion, in my opinion, tears down more than it builds up, destroys rather than brings forth, causes grief instead of joy, and brings regrets rather than memories. At this point you have to ask yourself just what you are really fighting for.
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