The Fourth of July is tomorrow! When we, as a country celebrate our independence. Our freedom. Our country. But something got me thinking about how our country expresses that freedom. In some ways we express our freedom through love, through religion and other ways that represent good moral. But for the most part, I think America expresses it’s freedom with an arrogant, headstrong selfish attitude.
One of the most prominent ways America expresses its freedom is through feminism. Feminists have such a huge megaphone right now and they use it in any way they can to shovel their ideas and lifestyles down this country’s throat. I know that that is a very strong statement but I feel like it is no longer the “Land of the Free”, or the “Home of the Brave”. I think it is the Land of the Free Woman and the Home of the Feminist.
I don’t know about you, but quite frankly I am exhausted by all the pressure put on young women to have to perform, be demanding, be prominent, be strong, be successful, be sexy. It’s a little much. And for one, I don’t like that the young girls of this generation (including my younger sisters) have to watch this and be affected by the feminist’s influence.
So, what can we do as Christian women to reverse this mindset so deeply ingrained in our culture?
First, we must recognize that we are not strong enough to do it alone. Nor can we take on the world and expect to change it overnight. We need our community of like-minded believers and sisters in the Lord. And we must dig deep into God’s Word. God’s Word is the only lasting substance and guidance that can save a generation, change a heart, heal a broken spirit, or soften a heart of stone.
We’ve all been affected by the feminist movement. We see the change it has made in our country. We see the women we work with, serve along side of, the women who run our schools, work for our government, and run businesses. Most of them are under the influence of feminism. I’m not judging anyone or trying to sound critical or condescending. I am simply saying that we all know how it works and what has happened since feminism has become so controlling in our culture.
But where do we as Christians fit into this spectrum? Here is what I propose we do. And little by little we might see change.
Remember who you are. We can’t witness or stand against the current of modern culture if we are insecure or unsure of who we are. I will tell you who you are. You are an incredible masterpiece of God. You are beautiful, set apart, reserved for glory, called to a holy life, named by the Creator of the galaxies, loved by the Father who gave his Son for your life. You are you. Special, unique in every way and recognized by JESUS. Don’t forget that. Don’t ever forget. Just think about that when you see these words:
Remember Who You Are.
Study your Bible. Learn about Yahweh. In order to know how to be an example and godly influence to the women in your life you need the spirit of Jesus. Lowly, gentle, kind, loving, willing to give up your time to minister to and bless others. You need to be brave, direct and confident in your identity in Christ. We do this by reading God’s words to His people, understanding who we are to Him, who others are to Him, and most importantly, understanding who HE is. Please take time to study God’s Word!
Live out your faith. Why is this subject so largely taught among Christians yet so overlooked and not practiced? We say that we are not of this world, that we should not conform to the world and yet it’s so hard to tell the difference from Christians and unbelievers these days. Are we hearing the Word of God and acting on it, standing by what we believe or do we give in and read the Word but live a lifestyle that satisfies ourselves Monday through Saturday?
Sometimes living out your faith is easier said than done.
But we must remember what Jesus has called us to do. ‘Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine.” Lev. 20:26 We are called to lead holy, set apart lives. We must not conform to the world even a little bit. Don’t compromise. Don’t lower your standards. It’s not “Easier said than done” when you have God on your side. He makes it possible. He makes it worth while.
To be effective witnesses we must be strong in our convictions, brave enough to act on them and humble enough to grow in new areas.
Finally, we must be prayer warriors! We can be most effective nation changers simply by praying. Pray for the government, pray for your friends, pray for the women you know. Pray for their hearts. When my dad was 17 in school he was one of the meanest bullies to another boy there. He was struggling with his own problems at home at the time and would take out his anger on one of these kids at school. The boy that he picked on however, was a Christian. He prayed for my dad every single day for a year and a half. He prayed that my dad would get saved and repent. He never gave up praying for him. Finally one day, Jesus caught a hold of my dads heart and pulled him out of darkness and shame. My dad went to school the next day and just hugged the boy that he had picked on all year.
Prayer is powerful. Never underestimate its strength!
We can’t get rid of feminism. Nor is it up to us to change everyone’s mind that we meet. But we can be examples of Christ and biblical femininity to the girls we know, the friends we have and our sisters.
1. Remember Who You Are
2. Study your Bible. Learn about Yahweh
3. Live out your faith
4. Be a prayer warrior!
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