I recently read an article which appeared to encourage women to disengage from the church, stating that the Bible depicts God as believing women are second-class citizens on this earth, that they are somehow “less than” their male counterparts. The author of the article even went so far as to add several facts regarding the brutal treatment of women in many cultures where God is not honored and revered as “proof” of this claim, That’s kind of like telling people that healthy food is bad for you and, then, listing several unhealthy foods to back up that statement.
Several women had “liked” and praised the article. It saddened me to see this, for they accepted this lie and they had, obviously, never really studied the Bible to learn the truth about how God feels toward women.
My mind reflected on the life of a woman whom I’ll call “Amanda” in order to protect her identity.
Amanda was raised in a home where no one ever spoke about God or the Bible. Her father ran off and left the family. Her mother struggled to make ends meet on a weekly basis and never seemed to have the time to invest in her children.
With no fatherly influence in the home, Amanda grew up without knowing how it felt to be truly loved and appreciated by a man. She developed into a beautiful woman at an early age. Men began to pay attention to her, but for the wrong reasons. She accepted the advances of some of these men, simply because she was starved for love and affection, even if it was only for a few minutes.
When Amanda turned 18, someone approached her about dancing at a strip club. She gave it a try and was quickly seduced by the money she earned as well as the attention being lavished on her by the men in the audience while she was dancing on stage.
The next decade of Amanda’s life was not pretty. It was filled with men who abused her terribly as they used her for her body and, then, tossed her aside like a piece of trash. She had suffered many injuries from physical assaults, and even came close to being killed on a couple of occasions. She turned to alcohol and drugs to numb the emotional and physical pain.
Amanda had almost hit the breaking point in her life when she found God. She learned that God had created her and that He loved her unconditionally. So much so that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for her sins, so that she could live eternally with God in Heaven. Amanda had never known a love so pure, so true. She made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Filled with the Holy Spirit of God, she found the strength to leave her old life behind. As she began studying the Bible, Amanda realized that God had a special plan for her life, and that nothing was impossible with Christ. It was only through her relationship with Christ that Amanda gained the strength to stop allowing others in this world to treat her as “less than.”
I bet Amanda would strongly disagree with the writer who wants women to think God doesn’t love them.
I haven’t suffered the hardships that Amanda has endured in her life, but I do know how it feels to be treated as “less than” by the world. I also know that it was through my relationship with Jesus Christ that I was able to truly discover my worth as a woman.
The Bible tells me that I am beautifully and wonderfully created by God, out of love. He has given me certain gifts that I can use to serve Him and to make a difference in the lives of others. He has a plan for my life which, if I follow, will bring me peace and joy, in all circumstances.
I see example after example in the Bible, where Jesus treats women with love and respect. I read the words that instruct husbands to be loving, kind, faithful, and loyal to their wives. I also know the difference in how a man treats women when he puts Christ first in his life as opposed to one who doesn’t.
The Bible also tells us of many times when God used women to do some mighty things on earth, filing them with the inner strength, power, and wisdom to accomplish great and challenging tasks.
It is true that women have not always been treated well, especially in the past, but that did not come from God; it came from the sinful nature of a fallen world. And I’m sure there are some people in the world who take the Bible out of context in order to hold women back. But don’t blame God for man’s sins.
God loves everyone He created, and that includes women. He created us a little differently than men, but that is a good thing, for women fulfill some things on this earth than men could never fulfill, and vice versa.
Trying to convince women that God thinks of them as second-class citizens and that being a part of the church will only hold them back is a lie. It is Satan’s hateful attempt to turn women against the only One in whom they can find their true value.
Don’t be deceived. God loves you and wants good things for you. Satan does not.
“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.” – Psalm 46:5
“She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.” – Proverbs 3:15-18