Christianity + Feminism

Can the two work together hand in hand or are they complete contradictions of the others beliefs?

In the past year I have been hyped with the want for equality in genders, but between all of the mess and technicalities I couldn’t help but wonder if the passion that I had grown for feminism was unbiblical and completely against what I should be believing and following.

Before I go further in explaining what I do and do not follow in feminism I think I should define it for you. Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Just to make that simple I’d say men and women are equal, done deal.

But what does the bible have to say about feminism? It truly depends on what areas of feminism you follow. Which may come off as confusing but there are some small things that feminist fight for that I do not think are just. Does that make me a fake? Or just a human that wants to believe in her own ideas?

I’ll first knock out the things that I do not follow, so we don’t have to dwell in them. I do not follow abortion, I am all pro-life. I do not follow homosexuality, but love the person fully in and out no matter what. I do not believe that woman do not need men, I think it could be a choice, but I think we definitely need men in many ways.

One thing that I am extremely iffy about within the mix of feminism and Christianity is the right for women to teach and hold ministry positions in the church. Although Pentecostals are all for this and I am currently studying to be a Kid’s Pastor one day there are many other Christians that believe otherwise. Feminism follow with the fact that women do have the right, and can preach, pastor, and pray over congregations just as well as men. This is what I believe, and do think that people who think otherwise are wrong, but is there a possibility that I could be wrong? Definitely yes, and that’s a tough one to admit.

This first that that I do believe in is that women should have access to education, job opportunities, and same pay rate as men do. What does the bible say about this? Luke 10:38 Shows the access that a woman Martha had to the teaching/education of Jesus, and the acceptance Jesus showed for her and that.

Secondly, and most importantly I do believe that woman are definitely equal to men in value. What does the bible have to say about this? Galatians 3:26-28 says this, “for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is nether slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” That verse speaks for itself.

There is one thing that I am in complete conflict with though, and maybe you could help me out here. That is the role between man and women in marriage. Does the equality share the same rights in this picture or do they change up with you get down to the details. I know that the bible says that the man of the household should lead the family in the right direction, but I would like to think that a woman could do this too. Does that make what i believe wrong or sinful? The bible also says that a woman should completely submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord, and men should submit to their wives as Christ did to the church, but is this equal? Now there are also verses like 1 Corinthians 7:2 that say “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband.” Which seems quite equal to me.

What do you think about this and the roles that women and men should have biblically in this world? Is feminism wrong or right? Or are men and women too much of different sexes that our roles should never be considered equal because both sexes have different roles? I would love to know what other Christians think about this topic, and maybe you could help me get a clearer opinion on all of this mumbo jumbo. Whether you are a feminist or christian or both, let me know what ya think!

That is all for todays post and thoughts, I hope you are doing the best, and until next time stay great!! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Christianity + Feminism

  1. Hey!

    The verse in Corinthians you used says it all. Husband and wife both submit to each other, this is equality.

    Because men and women are different we all naturally have different roles, but that doesn’t mean one is strictly forbidden to do the other’s role. I like to think of it like a group project or any other type of team (sports’s team etc.). There’s a set leader, in this case it would be the man, but that doesn’t mean the woman doesn’t have the same ability or freedom to do what the man does.

    So kind of like with if women can be pastors, etc. Yes they can, it’s not forbidden. Telling women they have to stick to one position is like putting them in a box, which isn’t Godly at all.

    So I think the basics of feminism, meaning the fight for equality (w/o the stands for abortion,homosexuality, etc) and Christianity do work together.

    Your thoughts??

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  2. You done a great job of pointing out the obvious, I wonder why the text is then turned “against’ us. I too struggle with this. It I just wrote about my experience as a 13-year old attending a church that would allow women to actively participate in the ministry. It was life-changing for me. Stop by http://bit.ly/1kIGCzD and tell me what you think.

    • You’ve done a great job of pointing out the obvious, I wonder why the text is then turned “against’ us. I too struggle with this. It I just wrote about my experience as a 13-year old attending a church that would allow women to actively participate in the ministry. It was life-changing for me. Stop by http://bit.ly/1kIGCzD and tell me what you think.

      • I’ve honestly just been trying to sort out my thoughts with this topic and everything it comes with, but I am definitely on our side! I’ve just read your post & its astonishing, you’re were so bold even at that age, and I really do agree with you completely. Our god has to be much more open and flexible than that! Thank you so much for reading, stoping by, sharing your thoughts! God bless!! 🙂

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