As someone who writes occasionally on the topics of feminism, I can tell you that few subjects lite the back end of the firecracker like feminism. Whenever I write an article or publish something relating to feminism or the roles of women, I just brace myself for the firing squad. The wonderful thing about this firing squad is they don’t have real bullets…
We take a hard line stand on feminism because we believe that is one of the top major battles in our day.
Martin Luther said:
If I profess, with the loudest voice and clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle fields besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
I have followed the rise of feminism over the years and have learned many interesting things. One being is that it is infective, potent and extremely deceptive. I have had much exposure to many flaming feminist extremist and could spot them a mile away. My family was very active in pro-life work so I grew up seeing the liberal of the liberals. I always tried to figure them out. I remember the first time I saw a male feminist screaming at the top of his lungs and holding a hot pink Feminist Majority sign. I remember looking at that man trying to figure out what in the world was wrong with him…he’s a man…screaming that he’s a feminist…waving a hot pink sign…out on a public street corner.
At that point, I had always assumed those who embraced feminism were those exaggeratedly masculine looking females who ran abortion clinics. That day, my view of the stereotypical feminist changed. I have since learned that feminism parades around in all different shapes and sizes. As the Church further falls in to apathy and slumber, the fruits of feminism become all the more apparent even in the church pew.
Feminism has invaded and infected our culture like a rabid disease. Feminism has hooked women on the lie…the same lie the serpent hit Eve with in the Garden. The lie of humanism. The lie of “Hath God really said?” The lie that you can be as God, deciding what is good and evil in your own eyes. Feminism has gripped a hold of manhood and squeezed the man right out of him. Feminism had mocked strong male leadership and declared it as oppressive. Feminism has declared my rights, my body and my choice. Feminism enslaves the very ones it has promised to free. Feminism has exchanged truth for a lie.
While feminism in the Church may not look like the stereotypical feminist image most see in the liberal extreme, the lies of feminism are still very much alive in the Church. And just because feminism in Christian circles may be seen as less brutal, doesn’t mean that it isn’t still the same brutal, rabid disease with serious consequences. In fact, so called “christian feminism” is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and is a blasphemous misrepresentation of the true liberty Christ gives to His children. Feminism can never be Christianized. The two are entirely different roads.
While Roe v. Wade is a horrid symptom of the major ills in our society, it is not the root cause. Many early feminists, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Stokes Paul, were also pro-life. Many early American feminist spoke out against abortion. And get this…..They all wore long skirts and dresses!
Just because they dressed more modestly than the average Christian today or the fact that they deplored abortion or the fact that some had more than 1.2 children did not make the feminism they fought for good. The early feminist were anti-God because they spewed forth a venomous egalitarian “theology” defying God’s design and order. And that defiance has led to all sorts of evil that is still wrecking our homes, churches and nation.
There is nothing like the first female vice president nomination to quickly stir up the waters in Christian circles. She claims to be a Christian. She claims to be pro-family…. and a feminist. She is pro-life and of that I can certainly agree with her on Biblical convictions on life in the womb. But this whole ordeal isn’t about picking on one person. In fact, the Republican and Democratic presidential races are just a picture highlighting just how impotent American Christianity has become in the last 100 to 150 years. The fact that Christians at large are swooning over a mother of 5 who happens to have some conservative politics and is quick to place her in as 2nd in command says something about where we are as a nation…and as a Church. This is not a personal attack on Mrs. Palin–It is very much about addressing, like Luther said, the “little point that the world and the devil are attacking.”
And that little point is huge in the future of reforming this Nation.