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I am honoured that Sarah has invited me to pen my words on this page today. To commemorate Sarah’s 30th birthday I’ll be sharing 30 things I want the church to know about Christian feminism.
I will be using the word “we” as I talk about Christian feminists. I want to be clear that “we” are a diverse group of people. Just like not all Christians agree on every doctrinal matter, not all Christian feminists agree on every feminist issue, or every theological tenant. I use the word “we”, but I do not speak for all Christians who are feminists, just as I do not speak for all Canadians who blog, or all brunettes who own dogs.
1.Feminism is the belief in the “political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.”* Seriously. That’s it. Do you believe that women should have political, economic, and social equality with men? Then, congratulations! You’re a feminist.
2. Christianity is “the religion derived from Jesus Christ, based on the bible as sacred scripture.”* Do you believe that women should have political, economic, and social equality with men AND identify as a follower of Christ? Well, golly gee! You just might be a Christian feminist! (Don’t worry, we’ll teach you the secret handshake later.)
*Yes, I broke out my Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Yes, I am nerd.
3. Okay, so I might be oversimplifying things a bit. But that’s the point. We often paint those with whom we disagree, or don’t understand, as evil villains out to destroy our carefully constructed castles of Christendom. We create foils of those who may believe differently than we do, or have slightly different hermeneutical approaches. This is about engaging, about turning on the lights and realizing that those who looked so menacing in the shadows are actually more similar to us than we originally thought.
“Say of your brothers, ‘My people’, and of your sisters, ‘My loved one’…. and the earth will respond to the grain, and the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant here for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’ and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
"You will have straight teeth when they come off?"
"Are they expensive?"
"Umm, yeah. I guess."
"How did you get the money for them?"
"Well, I didn't. My parents are paying for them."
"Do you think your parents would pay for me to have straight teeth?"