My dear friends,
There is a video going around the internet right now, of a man speaking to women about who they are. It is well-intentioned and is meant to speak value into the lives of women, which is so desperately needed, but the content has me upset. I lost sleep over it last night and may have ruined the last few hours of my vacation stewing about it this afternoon.
So if I may express my concerns at the risk of offending…
- The man in the video says women are powerful, but the gospel tells us Christ died for us while we were powerless (Romans 5:6). Women are not powerful on their own. We lean completely on the strength of Christ.
- This man says women deserve to have someone die for them. The gospel tells us Christ died for the ungodly who deserve the wrath of God (Colossians 1:11, John 3:36). We are not good enough to merit the sacrifice of Christ and his gift of life. The cross is a gift of grace that we do not deserve.
- This man says women must look inside themselves and find that inner powerful woman. The gospel tells us we must deny ourselves every day and follow Christ (Luke 9:23). We are to look outward toward Christ, not inward toward self.
Where does our value come from?
Is it within us and we just have to find it somehow?
Is it because someone tells us we’re beautiful?
No, we are valuable because Christ created us and loves us. He brings the value to us.
In a time when so many women are wounded, abandoned, or unloved, we must take care to speak to one another the whole gospel. This includes the truth of our own wretched weakness and sinfulness, coupled with glorious hope of rescue, undeserved qualification, eternal belonging, and tender care offered to us in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Use the full gospel to define who you are.