[Christina Allen writes of her journey to understanding the mutual love, submission and humility called for by all who belong to God’s family, women and men alike.]
One obstacle that many observant Christians seem to encounter in accepting feminist or Egalitarian ideals, one that I certainly had to find my way over, was the cognitive dissonance inherent in seeking to empower women in a faith that calls for humility. Indeed, this very argument has been used to silence women: how dare you promote yourself when Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be grasped?
It was in struggling with this that I realized that it was not about elevating anyone at all. I realized that the message of Scripture actually indicates that we are all called to humility and submission, and that the error is that hierarchical theology elevates men in the first place. It was then that…
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