Recently, I was asked about feminism, women’s roles, and women’s independence. These are heavy topics, especially in our society these days. Since I wrote out quite the message on these, I thought I would share it with you. This is a very general and short overview on these different matters. Each of these could — and should — be looked into in more detail. However, that is not for today or for this post.
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Now first of all, I want to bring up my opinions on feminism. Feminism means by definition “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” However, I find that this is rarely true these days. Those who advocate women’s rights, do not actually want equality. They want women to have more than men. In times before, there were a lot of things that women couldn’t do and therefore feminism had a place. But these days? Women are already equal to men in most places. So those pushing for feminism want women to actually have and get more than men do.
As far as God’s Word goes, women and men have equal worth before God. Galatians 3:28-29 says,
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
So before God, we all have equal worth. No one is better than the other, worth more than the other. It doesn’t matter whether we are male or female. Or what race or ethnicity we are. Even age doesn’t matter. However, there are certain positions that are assigned to each gender specifically.
Women’s Role In Marriage
Husband is the head of the wife (Eph. 5:23) and the wife is to submit to the husband (Eph. 5:22-23). Christ is always the head of the husband so a man should be lead by Christ, not by his own will. Women aren’t, however, expected to submit to men in general. Submission to men should happen at home and at church, according to the Bible. So God hasn’t said that men must have authority over women in business, politics, education and so on. No, women are to submit at home and at church.
Here, we must remember the role of the husband, too, of course. The husband is to love the wife. True love, if it is that, means that the husband will listen and care for his wife and his wife’s interests. So trusting the husband to lead and therefore submitting to him, shouldn’t be thought of as something hard or horrible.
Women’s Role In Church
There is a lot of debate and different practices these days on what women can and cannot do in church. However, this is what I believe the Bible says. Women should not teach men or have authority over men (1 Tim. 2:12). I believe this to mean that women should not be pastors or teach on Sundays. Yes, there maybe some exceptions when a woman comes to speak on a Sunday with the permission of the pastor and the elders of the church. Still, I think a woman shouldn’t teach the Bible in church in church services.
1 Timothy 3 talks about those in leadership, and the people talked about are husbands, so, men. So those in leadership should be men (and they have qualifications too so not just any man should be in leadership, 1 Tim. 3). I would rather think of this as elders: those who are elders and lead in that capacity. We are, in general, told to submit to our authority in church, so to our pastors and elders (Heb. 13:17).
Now, I am the leader of our Children’s Ministry at our church. We have women leading other ministries at our church, too. However, those positions that matter for the doctrine the church holds on to and the doctrine that is taught, should be left for men.
What About Submission Then?
Now, submission is a bad word in today’s society. But honestly it should not be so. In so many places in the Bible we are told to submit to God (for example: James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:6; Titus 3:1; Ephesians 5:24). Submission is essential for our spiritual growth and therefore, it cannot be a bad thing at all.