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Women are being doubly discriminated against for being female, and for being Christian.
Women worldwide are vulnerable because of their gender. It includes domestic violence, dowry and honor killings, forced prostitution, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), raping, abortion etc. It can also include things like low literacy rate and ownership. Being female can put you automatically in these categories. Lines are often blurred between cultural and religious abuse. Even in a first world country like New Zealand, being of female gender can make you vulnerable to abuses. Men are not subjected to such fears, abuses or violence. Do men ever think of having their car keys ready in their hand to veer off a possible attacker in an empty parking lot? Your whole approach to life is different. A lot has been done in New Zealand to give women support and equality. I’m thankful for that.
Women in the church are also vulnerable. Here’s a quote from an article: ‘In Zimbabwe, a pastor said, “I expect my wife to bow down before me as I bow down before Christ.” When we look at cultural traditions where the male is dominant, that dominance is transferred into Christianity. Most of the cultures in the world have a dominant male culture, even in the West. We are using tradition to explain the Scriptures.
It is a sad thing that the body of Christ, which was meant to be an environment where Yahshua’s people could experience the freedom we have in Christ, is siding with the spirit of the world in discriminating against women. We should check our hearts and follow Yahshua. Regardless of living in a traditional patriarchal society, Yahshua never condoned it, He never discriminated against women. He respected women and advised His body to do the same. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” Gal 3:28 and”By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35.
Shouldn’t we, as the body of Christ, be following in our Messiah’s footsteps by honoring Him instead of man made traditions?
Almighty God, we pray for women today. We ask Father, that You will enable them to be strong in You and in Your mighty power. Thank you Yahweh that You have chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and that You have chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong(1 Cor 1:27). Amen