I recently read a blog post by a man who specializes in Biblical apologetics. He was commending women for what they bring to the table in modern-day theology. Sounds great, right? Actually I found it a bit condescending…like back when girls first started going to college and guys would pat them on the head and say “sure you can come to school with us” as they smugly smiled. I’m not going to link back to his site or tell you his name because I honestly respect this man and what he does. But what bothered me the most is what he said women contribute. He said women bring the aspect and focus of love to the table.
Wow. Really? Last time I read the Bible, it says God is Love. Which means Christianity is Love. The Bible says that the world knows us as Christians by our love. Jesus Himself said in Matthew that the greatest commandment is loving God and the second is loving others; the following verse states that on these two hang all of the law and prophets. Which means that Apologetics itself is about…you guessed it…Love.
That’s not feministic; it’s logical.
Maybe he meant feelings, right? Well, guess what…Feelings are Biblical too. Various fruits of the Spirit, like joy and peace, are feelings! It’s kind of entertaining to me that only girls are attributed with “mushy,” but guys can have crappy days too. I guess negative feelings are more masculine? Men being passionate about God and His cause are considered heroic; women being passionate about God and His cause, while applauded, might still be considered sappy or sentimental.
It’s a good thing God doesn’t see love the way some of these men do; He could have only died on the cross for women. He could have only given his loving grace for those who could appreciate that it’s the golden thread woven throughout the entire Bible. But to do that would be to deny Himself, because He is Love Incarnate.
So it’s okay, Men. God’s love is for you too.
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