March 16, 2014

It's Women's History Month!

March is Women's History Month! While most institutions recognizing this are looking at American history, it seems a fair opportunity to address women in Christianity. Too often, Christian scripture has been misused to oppress women. Yet, when one takes into consideration the contexts in which the Bible was written, a great deal of Scripture was quite counter cultural, elevating the place of women in society.

Consider this:
  • Eve is the pinnacle of the creation narrative (Genesis 2)
  • Without Sarah, Abraham would not have been as lucrative as he was or have been the father of three faith traditions (Genesis 17-23)
  • Mary Magdalene is the first to meet and announce the resurrected Christ (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20)
The list could go on and on.

Having a daughter has made me read Scripture quite differently over the last decade. And it has brought about a profound gratitude for the matriarchs of the Christian tradition. But it also a tragedy that these women too often stand in the shadow of misinterpretation, poor theology and misogyny. So, let's change that! Tell your kids the stories of Fanny Crosby, Dorothy Day, Sojourner Truth, Joan of Arc and Julian of Norwich. Read to them the biblical tales of Sarah, Ruth, Esther and Mary.

What other women in Scripture and Christian history are you indebted to?