Of Women, Men, Feminists and the Church

I would have loved to join the millions of people online to write something dedicated to women. However, the most important women in my life are not online junkies, and if they are, there are other ways I can communicate with them. Notwithstanding, I mentioned in an earlier post, if all of us understood all of us, there would be less dichotomised issues and a wholesome approach to things.

I celebrate women, more than once a year because in their uniqueness they expound on the depth of God. To me it is daily revelation and experience. At my previous workplace, there is a lady called Peace. She is a small woman but does she have a giant heart. She takes care of the office: Makes sure it is clean and presentable. She was almost always the first at work; had to go up and down a five floor building to look for food for the rest of us, while we sat staring at computer screens.

She is diligent, friendly, always has a smile on her face. Even when she is tired, she manages a smile.

She got married recently and shared with me the events of the day with such joy you’d think she was a queen. Not many of you readers know her, but she contributes a lot to life as we know it. She is insignificant as opposed to Tiwa but her contribution is daily. It is not a one off stage performance. She is a woman who does what she does joyfully. She is woman.

I like to remind myself that in Christ, these dichotomies do not exist. Where sex, race, and other dividing walls are magnified in our eyes, to God, if it is in Christ, it is not seen.

Gal 3: 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is [aj]neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

When it comes to Christ, those dichotomies keep on becoming blurry as we behold Christ more. Him being the one that hold us together, men will indeed love their women (Eph 5:25), the women will be subject to their men (Eph 5:22) without any crisis. Feminists cannot prosper here. And in the end it is not even about the individual men or women, rather Christ and His body, the church.

29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

Clearly to me the matter is not an issue of men vs women rather, do we see how Christ shares His life in women and men? In all members of His body?

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