Thursday, March 23, 2017
Biblical Feminity: Part 1: Motherhood (or the lack thereof)
"What does it mean to be a woman?"
"What does the Bible say about being a woman?"
"What is my purpose as a woman?"
"Can there be different purposes for different women?"
"What about feminism?"
"Can a woman be single in God's Kingdom?"
These questions and more have been running through my head for awhile, and I invite you to follow a long with me as I search Scripture and the Christian worldview for answers...
It is hard, looking back, to differentiate what I came to be believe as true as being determined by the honest and pure desires I had, the training I grew up in, or the environment I grew up in. As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a mom. A mom of 7 kids, to be exact. That may seem like a lot to you, but as one of 16, it seemed like a fair and moderate number to choose.
Why did I want to be a mom? Well...
...first and foremost, I think, it was because that was a desire God placed on my heart, and (I believe) most women's hearts. What exactly that means differs greatly, but I think that desire is a gift... not a necessity. Not all women innately desire to have children and... well... the only definitive statements I can find on the topic is that whereas mankind in general is commanded, "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen 1:28) and most women will probably be mothers, Jesus Himself talks about people who choose to remain single in order to further God's work in Matthew 19, and Paul says, "N