Just over two weeks ago, feminist Christian author Sarah Bessey started a Twitter thread using the tag: #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Her aim was to highlight the male privilege that she believes exists within some Christian communities. Since then, many women have also taken to Twitter to share their own experiences with misogyny in the church…
But if the people who have said these things actually opened their Bibles, they’d see that their outlooks on women don’t exactly line up with it. Rather, they’d find that the Bible is filled with proof that God cherishes women just as much as men. Both sexes are equally loved and valued. Here are just a few simple examples I could think of:
1. Men and women were created equally:
In the creation story, it says that God created all of mankind – both men AND women – in his image (reference is Genesis 1:27 – look it up). Being created in God’s image makes men superior to the creations that were not created in God’s image, such as animals and plants – not women. If both sexes were created equally, then surely both sexes must be valued equally.
2. Men and women are valued equally:
Since creation, God’s view of gender has not changed. “There is neither Jew nor Gentile…nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” is a literal sentence in the Bible (reference is Galatians 3:28 – look it up). It proves that to Christ, your nationality, and sex, are not a concern. There is no discrimination. He only cares about how you treat him.
3. Jesus loved women:
This is the real story in Matthew 26:6-13: Just before Jesus was crucified, he praised a woman for her good deed towards him and rebuked the twelve male disciples who tried to shame her (despite living in a culture/era when women were not respected much). He then proclaimed that the woman would go on to be a beautiful example for ALL Christians. It doesn’t really sound like men are superior Christians here, does it?
4. The Bible calls us to praise godly women:
Proverbs 31:30 literally tells people that women who honor God are to be praised, proving God’s desire to see women joyfully acknowledged, encouraged and built-up (by all people – including men). And just before that verse, these women are beautifully described as having admirable strength, confidence, dignity and wisdom.
5. Men AND women are called to do God’s work:
According to every single one of the gospel accounts, women were the very first people to discover Jesus resurrected. Instantly, they understood the situation and boldly undertook the all-important task of being the first to tell other people about it (AKA the task that lead to this slightly massive thing called “Christianity”). It shows that God has given intellect and bold, useable voices to women as well as men.
There’s no bible verse that limits women to the role of “pastor’s wife”. Has nobody read about the just, powerful and ‘gets-things-done’ Judge Deborah? Or the brave, selfless and heroic Queen Esther? Or Lois and Eunice, whose faith was so noticeably sincere, even in the absense of male rolemodels? Rahab? Abigail? Based on these Bible passages, it’s clear that the God of Christianity values women just as much as men. So why are there Tweets about Christians who are clearly against doing the same?