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!