This chapter of The Resolution for Women is a controversial one! The old idea of women being submissive to men, homemakers, and overall inferior, is the perception that has unfortunately been associated with biblical femininity. This idea has created such controversy amongst believers and non-believers alike. Having possessed an appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and sacrifice of women over the years, christian women especially struggle with balancing that appreciation with a will to exemplify the definition of womanhood as presented in the word of God. Imagine knowing that you were created for a specific purpose and to live your life a certain way, but having a constant internal conflict due to your environment, your ancestry, or even your own personal outlook. This is how I imagine many Christian women live their lives today. However, we must realize that we will fail to discover and experience ultimate fulfillment until we decide to walk in His purpose–fulfilling His vision for us as women.
I’ve always admired how well some Christians are with reciting/memorizing Bible verses. This has always been a bit of a challenge for me, and as you can imagine, my knowledge of God’s word is waning. Apart from the obvious implications, being scarcely versed in scripture also means that prior to reading this chapter, there was a deficiency in my knowledge and understanding of the biblical definition of womanhood.
Over the years, society’s idea of femininity has drastically changed. Women have worked so hard to re-invent femininity which has created a clear divide in what we originally grew up understanding. I have to say that while I support progress for women and equality, I also feel that when we stray too far away from the role that we were created for–according to the word of God, we render ourselves open to less than desirable circumstances. Shirer argues that God’s definition of a woman is one who is “both strong and vulnerable. Powerful yet tender. More than able yet willing to yield.”
So many of us end up broken-hearted, single parents, and struggling just to get by, because we rush and insist on doing things our way. We emasculate our men because we are afraid of being considered “inferior”, then wonder why there is an insane number of men who fail to understand what it means (or how) to be a man. We shy away from traditional female roles because we’ve had it drilled into our heads that those roles are no longer acceptable, let alone desirable.
As women, we are uniquely made–neither less than or greater than men. I reluctantly agree with Shirer’s idea that we are different in function–not value. The hand, experience, knowledge, and feminine heart that women bring to their circle of people is a part of our purpose that we should embrace–along with change–and never forget.
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