Anyone who knows me, knows that I believe in two things: my faith and my African feminist cause.
For as long as I can remember God has been the focal point in my life but I only truly made the conscious decision to be saved in my early teens.
This was a result of having the pleasure of going to a Christian school in my primary years, where I learned just how much God truly loves me.
Knowledge which helped me get through some of the toughest times in my life and made me into the woman I am today.
I always like to say I’m a Christian by faith- not by religion.
This means that as a Christian I believe in four things :
1. Gods love for me is everlasting
2. God so loved me that he sent his only son to die for me
3. I find salvation, hope and comfort in Christ
4. As a child of God I should strive to love others as God loves me
I focus on these four things above all, as opposed to focusing on “religious” aspects because sometimes we get so lost in church traditions, and trying to force people into what we feel is righteous that we forget the root of Christianity. Love.
So that’s a run down on what I believe, lets get to what it means to be a Christian feminist shall we?
Christian feminism (n. Jesus feminist) is a sect of feminism that seeks to understand and educate on the equality of men and women morally, socially, spiritually and in leadership from a Christian perspective. We strongly believe that God does not discriminate on any basis- be it race, sex, ect.
There are 2 different types of Christian feminists:
a) The type that identify as being both Christian and Feminist in that they actively advocate for the rights of women and seek equality of the sexes.
b) Identify as Christian egaliterianists who advocate for the rights for all people to be equal on the basis that God does not discriminate. While they advocate for equality amongst the sexes; they don’t want to associate themselves with the feminist movement.
I would place myself in the first category.
While I’m a devout Christian, I also identify as a feminist because there is so much work to be done for women’s rights, especially in the third world. Me disassociating myself from the movement feels like a step backwards.
Of course I see where Christian egaliterianists are coming from; some radicals feminists that have taken things too far have made people weary of feminism all together.
But it’s important to remember that in any kind of belief- be in religious, political or anything of the sort… there will be extremists!
We cannot allow people who decide take things too far, to be the basis upon which we judge people.
Feminism at its root is a good cause, and it in no way contradicts Gods word.
Feminism and the bible:
One thing many people don’t realize is that if you read… I mean really read the bible, you’ll realize that Jesus, apostle Paul and Moses were feminists!
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Jesus, Luke 10:41-42)
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Paul, Galatians 3:28)
Jesus stopped slut-shaming before the world even knew what it was. He stopped a crowd from stoning a woman to death when she was accused of adultery, by saying the famous words “let he who has not sinned cast the first stone!”
Being a Christian feminist really means that we’re able to take our faith and fight our cause with love.
To be able to see that there are certain things in the world that aren’t the way they should be, and certainly not how God wants them to be.
With that we can join hands and find solutions to these problems.
You see, God mentions LOVE 538 times in the NIV Bible.
There’s no question that God loves his children. Now call me crazy, but if God loves us as much as we know he does; I’m 100% sure he doesn’t want us to be oppressed in any kind of way. His intention is not to see women be oppressed, looked at as second class citizens, denied rights, be overlooked and unheard, be put in danger, and so much more.
Being a Christian feminist doesn’t make us less Christian, it makes us more Christian because we take what the bible says in Genesis 1:27,28…
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them; “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Similarly, being a Christian feminist doesn’t make me less of a feminist. The two can go hand in hand.
So here’s to all of us trying to fight our cause through faith. I’m pretty sure God is 100% proud of us!
My hopes as a Christian feminist is not only that we’ll achieve equality for both sexes, but ultimately that the world can finally see that women were made in the image of God after all!