Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Being A Christian Woman In A Feminist World

I read this really awesome post by Andrea Lucado about being a Christian in a feminist world. It's the second of a two parter. I recommend you read the whole thing, but I wanted to share an excerpt from this part :

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Mary. As in Mary-and-Martha Mary. 
When Jesus went to Mary and Martha’s house and Martha was all frantic and nervous about dinner getting on the table and the candles being lit just right, or the oil lamp, or whatever, Mary was sitting at Jesus’s feet, literally. Like he was her teacher, and students were only male then, mind you. She was sitting by his feet, listening to him while chaos was occurring in the next room. Then Jesus said, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). The best reward. 
And she was a woman. She was not praised for her work, for her social status or ability to rise above female oppression and be highlighted in the most important literary work of all time. 
What was she praised for? Her ability to be oblivious to all but Jesus.
Seeing as how Mary has exemplified the Christian life ever since she appeared in the gospels, I think that’s what being a Christian in the midst of feminist society is supposed to look like: to be so obsessed with Jesus, we just don’t care about much else. And to be so steady at his feet that we find ourselves able to love as he did. Love ourselves, love our gender, and love men, even the ones we think should value us a little more.
 How beautiful! Read the whole thing here!


Jesus-in-the-city said...

Great post, Alisha! It's so refreshing to take off the weight of worldly aspirations and only aspire to know and follow Jesus more completely! This was super encouraging! Is this author any relation to Max Lucado?

Mark said...

I believe the Bible frequently uses the term feet as a euphemism for penis. One other example is the story of ruth and Boaz.

No wonder Jesus preferred the attentions of Mary to those of Martha!

Alisha De Freitas said...

UM...Mark, huh? Smh.

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