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The Feminist Influence
By Liz Roeder
“See to it that no one takes you captive
by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition,
according to the elemental spirits of the world,
and not according to Christ.”
In part one of this blog, Martha stated that our challenge is to understand how we have been influenced by feminism and how we must change. Most importantly, Martha says only the Scriptures can guide us through the confusing maze of the influence of feminist thinking. (Page 140)
As you can see, the feminist philosophy flies in the face of Christianity. It’s all about “me”–my needs, my significance, my rights, my worth, my full development, and my identity. (Page 142) Betty Friedan was heavily influenced by the teachings of Sigmund Freud and Abraham Maslow, both avowed atheists. In 1975 Freidan was named “Humanist of the Year.” She did not have a Christian world view but was looking at life through the lens of humanism. (Page 136)
So how can we, living in this time and culture, change our thinking? With the help of the Holy Spirit and by God’s grace, as we study the Scriptures and mature in our understanding of godly thinking and beliefs, we will become more discerning about the wrong ways we have been influenced. Hebrews 5:14 states that our senses will be “trained to discern good and evil.” (Page 143)
God’s Word says that we are not victims; we are creatures created in His image for the purpose of proclaiming His excellencies. (1 Peter 2:9) Our identity comes from our relationship and oneness with Christ. Martha states that “our responsibility as God’s creature is to glorify Him and serve Him as He desires. This is often in the biblical role of wife and mother. Whether we ever marry or not, we are to use the spiritual gifts God has given us and use them within the Scriptural role of a woman.” (Page 141) We shouldn’t be having an identity crisis as Betty did because we are a child of the King! What more could we ask for?
In God’s eyes, we are not inferior to men but equal. (Galatians 3:28) He has given us different roles and a “chain of authority” for our good and protection, and because it’s God’s plan for us, it is good! We are to respect and be submissive to those in authority over us; whether it is our husband, pastor & church leaders, boss, police, or politicians– as long as they do not cause us to sin. God gave us His Word to help guide and direct us in these areas. Personally, the book of Ephesians has been a great help to me and others I have discipled.
Lastly, as Christians, we should be living our lives “others” focused. Our example is Christ as He came to this earth as a servant. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7
Martha ends the chapter by giving us an example of what feminism tells us versus what Scripture says and how we can change our thinking:
The feminist belief tells us, “Perhaps it is only a sick or immature society that chooses to make women ‘housewives,’ not people. Perhaps it is only sick or immature men and women, unwilling to face the great challenges of society; who can retreat for long, without unbearable distress, into that thing-ridden house and make it the end of life itself.” (Quoted from The Feminine Mystique)
Martha says: We have been influenced by believing “we deserve better than this!”
How Scripture tells us we are to change: “Instead of dwelling on what I deserve, I should be thinking that I am to serve The Lord graciously, however He chooses. Part, but not all, of how I am to serve the Lord is by taking care of my family. What a privilege it is to spend my days training my children and caring for our greatest earthly asset, our house.”
So ladies, how have you been influenced by feminism (whether you realize it or not)?
How will you change your thinking and behavior?
What Scriptures proclaim who you are in Christ?