A Christian Argument For Women Being Treated Equal To Men

I'm Not A Feminist, But There's A Christian Argument For Women Being Treated Equal To Men

We need everyone, male and female, in order to solve the disparities of today's world.

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I recently read an article about the parents and grandparents of a high school's softball and volleyball teams suing the school because the girls were not being treated the same as the boys' sports teams. The people are accusing the school of providing the teams with inadequate funds for equipment and uniforms. They also stated that while the baseball field is located adjacent to the high school, the softball team has to play at a city-owned field and does not have access to a locker room.

It is a shame that these girls have not been treated fairly.

I too, experienced the same thing when I was in high school. Our softball team and all of the rest of the girls' sports always played second fiddle to the boys. My school started a football program and built a whole new field with new lights and a sound system while my softball team, which was there long before the football program, had to cut games short because it was too dark to see, and we didn't have lights.

Even though I am in college now, I still experience double standards.

This semester, My peers and I have been working on our e-portfolios which are basically digital resumes. These websites are supposed to contain examples of our work that we have done, other sections such as volunteer work, and explain who we are. They are supposed to give potential employees a sense of who we are, and the work we are capable of doing. I decided to include pictures of me hiking and kayaking, including the one above, because they are some of my favorite things to do and help to explain a lot about me. In many of these pictures, I have shorts on because it is hot in just about every season except for winter in Alabama.

My professor told me I should change these pictures because they were not professional enough.

But when some of the guys in my class had pictures with them in shorts on their e-portfolios, she did not say a word to them about it. I could understand if it had not been a professional picture because you could not see my face or because my back was turned and you could see my butt, but her only reason was that I had shorts on.

Now before I go any further, I would like to explain something. I am not a feminist.

I still believe that guys should open doors for girls, be the one to ask for a date first and that men are supposed to be heads and protectors of the household, but I also believe that women should be treated fairly and equally to men. Women make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes, and for women of color, the gap is even larger. Even as registered nurses, one of the most popular jobs for women, women make about $6,000 less than men on average.

I once heard that God did not take a piece of Adam's foot to make Eve, so he could not step on her. He did not take a piece of his head, so she would not be superior to Him. He took one of Adam's ribs from his side, so Eve would be equal to him. God also did this, so Adam could put his arm around her to protect her.

It is the man's job to be the protector, but it takes both working together as equals to accomplish goals.

"So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male nor female, for you are all one in Christ." — Galatians 3:26-28

We are members of the same family and all have equal importance. Being together as one does not rob us of our uniqueness. Women and men both have special God-given gifts and traits that make us unique. Men are protectors, and women are nurturers. Women tend to be emotional and men are more logical. It is these differences that make us all important and why we need to learn to function as one and help one another.

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ..." — Corinthians 12:12, 17-18

If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be." We have to learn to work together like the parts of the body. Each organ, bone, and limb has a unique job that is essential to the function of everything else. It doesn't matter if a person is an eye, heart, or big toe, each one, male or female, has a job that is important.

If women are kept down and not allowed to work and rise up like men, the body of society will not be able to function properly.

We need everyone, male and female, in order to solve the disparities of today's world. If we can not learn to work together, we will never be able to change male/female inequality or much less anything else.

So, give women a chance. Let us show you that we are just as capable as a man, the job just might need a woman's unique perspective. As long as we push each other down and dominate each other, the gap between men and women will never close.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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It's Okay To Be A Shattered Temple, God Doesn't Need You To Be A Perfect House

God wants to restore you because the scariest place for the enemy is the transformation from broken to healed.

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So right now it's 6:09 a.m., the house is so quiet I can hear it breathing. The wind slightly knocking against the walls like an unwelcome guest. The heat running through the pipes bringing warmth to each section of the house. The rain from the skies kissing the roofs and windows. I just thought how intricate and specific each role plays. How on its own it must feel inconsequential, but together completes its purpose.

In the Bible, a house/temple is referred to as a body often. We sing songs, "Lord, make me a house of prayer." But in some seasons, we doubt the very thing we asked God for as if it wasn't already designed for us.

Sometimes in our walks, we question our purpose. We don't see the grand scheme. On why we went through what we did, or why we currently are. We want explanations for everything because if our human minds can't comprehend it that means it was in vain. I have wrestled with this concept, the "Why me?" the "I didn't/don't deserve this" and lastly, "I just want the pain to end."

See, what they don't tell you when you sign up for this is that salvation is free but sanctification costs your life. They don't tell you that you have to change your words from "Why me?" to "Count it all joy." They don't put a disclaimer saying that the walk is free but the path is narrow. They don't tell you that you are a house.

A house can have broken parts but still be used. You can be broken and still be used by God. Because God isn't looking for perfect he's looking for posture. He's looking for an open house not foreclosed one. When something is broken within your house, you call someone with that specific training in that area. The very thing that you think qualifies you as broken can be the same that qualifies you as a healer! You looked at your situation as a test but God is trying to use you as a tool.

You don't call a plumber to fix a light. You don't call a perfect person to help an addict. You want someone who doesn't look down on you but says, "I can help, I know because I've been there and I know the pain, I know how you feel. Let's tackle this together." It's okay to be a broken house, a shattered temple — I have some creaks and leaks, too. God wants to restore you because the scariest place for the enemy is the transformation from broken to healed. Why? Because then you'll start setting others free. People don't care what you say, they care about what you do.

What you thought counted you out, God is counting on to help someone for their breakthrough.

They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Let your house be open for not only God, but others. You may see yourself as a broken mirror, but others see a reflection. Your life is a testimony of not shame or embarrassment but of strength and grace. Your house may be missing things — a father, joy gone, love absent, peace may be missing — but God doesn't intend to keep you in lack, he is all-sufficient.

But he needed to withhold things from your house because one, you needed to know who really supplied it, and two, so you can show others how you overcame. But he is faithful He will fill those broken places and mend the broken hearts. He will be the light in your house. So that you may project your light to the world.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hidden. Neither a man lights a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on the stand — and it shines unto all that are in the house. Even so, let your light shine before men; they may see your good works and Glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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