Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

Liberian Women

Here is a link to one of the best articles I have ever read on so-called ‘biblical womanhood’.  It shows that “the privileged frivolities of Western homemaking” have nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus and have little to offer the wider world, a world that is harassed and hurting and needs all able workers – Christian men and women – to minister the peace and wholeness (shalom) that Jesus offers.

The article is entitled On Being a Woman After God’s Own Heart: Biblical Womanhood, or Cultural Womanhood? and was written by gifted writer Jenny Rae Armstrong, who knows what she’s talking about.  Jenny Rae spent much of her childhood in Liberia during a horrific civil war.  She writes,

“If it doesn’t work for African market women, it doesn’t work for me.” The gospel has to be good news for everyone willing to accept it, no matter their circumstances, or it isn’t good news at all. Besides, why should middle-aged, white Americans get to define what constitutes “a woman after God’s own heart?”

The article was first published in Mutuality magazine earlier this year, and is now posted on the Christians for Biblical Equality website here.  Jenny Rae Armstrong’s blog is here.

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Posted August 18th, 2014 . Categories/Tags: Christian Living, Equality and Gender Issues, , , ,

2 comments on “Western-Style ‘Biblical Womanhood’ and the Wider World

  1. I like her article. I wrote two posts on something similar on my blog called Gender Stereotypes in Christianity about women and men. I agree this biblical womanhood ideal seems more about a stereotypical image of what woman should be based on a cultural nostalgic idea of womanhood from the by gone era. We need to learn to separate biblical ideals and cultural ideals what a woman should be, although I’m not against all traditional gender roles and support some of them too an extent.

    • Marg says:

      :)
      I completely agree that we need to distinguish between biblical ideals and cultural ideals. Some traditional roles work well in my marriage, and others don’t.

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