Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). Like “feminism,” the IWD is defined broadly enough that, to be against it, you must hate women, but it is practiced narrowly enough that anyone with a Bible wants to be against it.
I am sure the IWD looks slightly different from country to country. We know what it will be here in the old red, white, and blue. All across the country women will be skipping work, protesting in the street, demanding the right to murder their children, hating the president, adorning themselves with nakedness, promoting gender-pay gap theories, and essentially supporting our society’s destruction of femininity altogether, revealed most poignantly in the new transgender movement.
They march and rally in the hopes of celebrating womanhood, with the end goal in mind that the term itself will one day not even have meaning.
By What Standard?
The question that we Christians need to always be asking is the question of authority. Are men and women different? Is gender a personal preference molded by society? Should men and women have different expectations and roles? All of these must be answered by appealing to something or someone who has the authority to answer these questions. In other words, does femininity actually exist, and what does it look like compared to masculinity? Is it permissible to celebrate women specifically? If so, what should that look like? What aspects of how today’s culture represents it need to be condemned, if any at all?
As Christians, we believe the Bible is God’s Word, and that settles the above issues for us. We turn to the Scriptures to answer those questions. Certainly, the very One who created men and women has the right to define manhood and womanhood.
However, the answers the Bible gives do not sit well with many today who vehemently reject the Bible’s binding definitions of manhood and womanhood. And it is because of that I would like to commemorate all you Godly, biblical women out there.
Cheers to Godly Women
So cheers to you women.
Cheers to you women who faithfully submit and obey your husbands as the household head (1 Peter 3:1, 1 Corinthians 11: 3, Ephesians 5: 22, Titus 2:5).
Cheers to the women who are content knowing you have specific roles in the churches of God which preclude you from certain offices (1 Timothy 2: 12; 1 Corinthians 14: 34-35).
Cheers to you women who believe modesty and holiness are beautiful (1 Peter 3: 1-6, Proverbs 31: 30).
Cheers to you women who are theologically learned and grounded (Ephesians 4: 11-16).
Cheers to you women who delight in all your children, and seek not to murder them (Psalm 127:3).
Cheers to you women who believe that your bodies are not ultimately your own (1 Corinthians 6: 19).
Cheers to you women who believe sexual intimacy is for your husbands/future husbands alone (Hebrews 13: 4, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Colossians 3: 5-6).
Cheers to you women who care about making your home a priority (Titus 2:5, Proverbs 31: 15-29).
Cheers to you women who work hard (Proverbs 31: 13).
Cheers to you women who either are having children, or desire to have children (Psalm 127:4; Genesis 1:28).
Cheers to you women who are hospitable (Titus 1:8, Proverbs 31:20).
Cheers to the strong, wise, and dignified women (Proverbs 31: 25-26).
Cheers to you women who are proud to be called, like the Holy Spirit, helpers (Genesis 2:8).
Cheers to you women who actually want the world to know they are women (Deuteronomy 22:5).
Cheers to you women who will not be stripped of your femininity, but will fight to maintain it.
Cheers to you women who believe you are, in fact, the crowning jewel of God’s creation; you are His glory of glories, in that you are even the glory of man (1 Corinthians 11: 7).
Cheers to you women who love the Lord, and love His Word.
The Power Of Your Testimony
Do not forget the power of your testimony to the culture as a woman. No one can write you off. It is easy for the culture to write me off. I can shout biblical definitions of womanhood all day, and to the culture, I will be another cis-gendered, white male, reinforcing the patriarchy, keeping women under my boot. The culture cannot do that to you. When you stand up for Scripture, when you practice Scripture, and when you delight in Scripture, you cannot be ignored. That cannot be blunted. You will be patronized, but the world will feel the power of a woman who will not be denied her God-given glory.
Live in God’s light. Live according to His Word. Fight the culture with faithfulness and fidelity to your true Husband (Ephesians 5: 25-33), your chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), your Lord above all other lords (1 Corinthians 8:6), your King over all kings (1 Timothy 6:15).
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.