Touché July 7, 2017
Posted on July 7, 2017 by under Touché,

 

Girl Power

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”  (Proverbs 31:30-31)

Biblical feminism are not two words we often put together.  But as we continue in the wisdom literature we come to Proverbs 31: A picture of a woman who puts together business, home and marriage in a way that brings praise in the city gates.  Proverbs 31 sounds like a prescription for burn out, but this woman’s children and her husband call her happy.

The early church had an interesting relationship with women in leadership.  The message of Jesus’ resurrection was entrusted to women, and his ministry was funded by wealthy women who traveled with him supporting the cause.  Some commentators believe that the radical nature of the gospel that broke down barriers between men and women, slave and free (Galatians 3, Acts 2), was so disruptive to the standard Roman understanding of the home and the place of women that Paul needed to reign it in with his teaching about wives submitting to husbands and women being silent in the church.  The power of women came long before the resurrection, as Proverbs points to a woman who puts it all together.

I appreciated this power last week, as a baby was born. I watched my wife go into action in blessing that baby by organizing the house and making sure everything was in place for Hilary and Tyler to move into this new world with William.  It was great to watch and I felt like a spectator.  I was able to surf in San Diego, but Cathy was full on devoted to the house, the family and that little baby.  It was beautiful.

Proverbs 31 was the theme for my feminist daughter Sarah’s “Green House Girls” in college.  They saw her as a picture of a powerful woman not defined by a man, but by her character, competence and compassion.  This portrait of biblical feminism holds true for all who would seek to live the good life—the life of wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

In Christ,

Taylor