This is another 2017 Junia Project blog contest winner. We hope you enjoy! My siblings and I were setting the table when we heard an echo from the kitchen. “Honey, please put down that chain saw and come in; dinner is getting cold.” It was a typical weekend growing up in our home. My dad […]
It seems that in many Christian communities being a “biblical man” or a “biblical woman” is just as high of a priority, if not more so, than being a biblical person. How did we come to the conclusion that men and women are to imitate Christ in different ways? I’d like to know where people see Jesus mentioning or even emphasizing that a man’s highest calling is to be a leader and a decision-maker, and a woman’s highest calling is to be a nurturer and “advice-giver”. From what I know about the life of Jesus, he called us to love God and love others selflessly. That’s all Jesus seemed to really care about.
I am a single Christian woman who is working to support myself. What does the complementarian message say to someone like me?”
Evangelical Christians toss around the phrases “Biblical womanhood” and “Biblical manhood” as if they are self-explanatory, but Rachel wanted to show that those terms are complex, rooted in context, and sometimes downright contradictory.
A lot of things are being said these days about being a “biblical man”. It just seems like many people are using scripture to bully others into their view of what men and women should be. Let’s evaluate where our ideas of biblical manhood and womanhood are coming from. They don’t seem to be coming from Jesus.