It seems every time I browse the internet, TV, or any form of social media, I come across some form of feminism. Whether it’s a young woman venting on Facebook about her “belittling” moment at a home improvement store when the male employee asked her if she needed help carrying anything, or a news article about a teenager whose prom “dress” (I hesitate to use the word “dress” seen it was a sheer piece of fabric with jewels barely covering a few private parts) was inspired by Beyonce, or TV ad about equality, or women walking around naked holding up signs regarding their agenda. Whatever the case may be… I just have to wonder how we got to this conclusion. All of this because we as women are “strong”. Really? That’s how we’re defining strength now?
Is a strong woman really someone who has a chip on her shoulder? Is a strong woman really someone who mocks other women for being thankful to the gentleman who opened and held the door for her? Is a strong woman really someone who laughs at the little bit of chivalry left in this world? Is a strong woman someone who looks down on the stay-at-home mom? I mean…really? This is what we consider “strong women”?
It’s so sad to think young women look up to people like Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. It’s so sad that our culture has made them role models. When did classy become prudish? When did confidence correlate into nakedness? Why do girls have to become sex symbols in order to become strong, empowered women? And then complain when that’s all men see them as. (Okay, I’m getting off topic now). Since when did chivalry become belittling?
Well, the Bible says that a virtuous wife is worth way more than rubies. She works hard, serves, brings honor to her husband, has wisdom, and is kind. “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30
The definition of strong is: Able to withstand great force or pressure.
Just that worldly definition alone should tell us that today’s definition of a strong woman is completely wrong. These women who are caving into the pressures of today’s obsession with sex and equality are weak. It’s women who can withstand the pressure from culture who are strong. The women who refuse to lower their standards because the world says you must be a prude and lack confidence in yourself if you don’t sleep around and barely clothe yourself. NO! True confidence in yourself will only help you say no to this culture. Because you know you’re worth so much more. You know the skin you’re told to bare is a treasure that should be concealed. You know you are more valuable than being a sex symbol.
I know it’s hard. I’ve been there. I was the girl who started buying into the lies this culture tells us. We have to be stick thin, half or almost naked, and seen as a sex object just to show we’re confident. These are pressures. These are those great forces we have to withstand. And we can withstand them by seeking God. When we seek Him, and allow Him to show us our worth in Him, we can withstand anything. We are called to be over comers. We are more than conquerors through Christ!
So, in short, we need to know who we are in Christ in order to be strong women. We need to look unto Christ and get our value from Him. This is how we become strong women!