Why I Call Myself a Feminist

Feminist [femuh-nist]:
advocating social, political, legal, and economicrights for women equal to those of men.

The Bible clearly teaches that men and women are made in the image of God. The life of Jesus shows that without a doubt, women have worth and value. Even the letters in the New Testament (contrary to popular, American belief) support the fact that men and women are equal. If Christianity plainly teaches and supports equal value and worth of women and men then why is it necessary to call myself a feminist?

Well, the Bible also teaches about the absolute value of human life. I believe that the Bible as a whole supports the pro-life position, but why is it necessary that I label myself as pro-life?

The thing is that there are Christians who support abortion and the death penalty, and there are Christians who label themselves as “pro-choice” or “pro-abortion.” There are more than 33,000 Christian denominations, each with their own unique set of beliefs. Some support the pro-life movement, and some don’t.

There are Christians who believe that women are less than men. Many American Christians, although the numbers are dropping, believe that women cannot and should not be pastors. Some churches won’t even allow women to speak at church meetings. In the very country we live in, there are women being mentally, physically, and emotionally abused in the name of God. In a perfect world, just saying “I am a Christian” would imply that I believe and stand for men and women’s equality, but that is not the case.

This is why I call myself a feminist.

As I speak up for the weary, the forgotten, the silenced, the marginalized…I want them to know that I am on their side. I believe that they are worth fighting for. I believe that women are more than child-bearers and homemakers. I believe women are preachers, teachers, leaders, and hold no less of authority than men.

Being a feminist is not separate from being a Christian, rather it is contained within it. 

So next time someone calls you a feminist, whether it be in a degrading tone or not, take it like a girl and wear it proudly!

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Why I Call Myself a Feminist

  1. This is lovely, but how do you account for feminists who aren’t Christian? I would posit that just because it fits comfortably within your set of morals to identify as feminist doesn’t mean no one outside of said set of morals wouldn’t find common ground on the issue!

    Like

    1. Hi! I totally agree. 🙂 I meant to clarify by saying it is contained within but not confined within Christianity. There are also people who support the pro-life movement that are not Christians. I’m just writing this from a Christian perspective because I am a Christian.

      Like

  2. “Being a feminist is not separate from being a Christian, rather it is contained within it.” I love this so much! What a great way of putting it. Thanks for your thoughts. 🙂

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s