If you think teenagers today lack motivation and a grasp on God’s heart, think again. This teenage girl’s viewpoint on feminism will have your jaw dropping, and your spirit soaring.
Introducing Eden, a spunky 18 year old from Houston, TX. She loves being creative with anything she puts her hands to. Including but not limited to: art, photography, speaking, baking, make-up and sleeping. Lots of sleeping.
When I asked her what she “wants to be when she grows up,” I just loved her candid answer.
“I feel like the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” always needs a perfect answer, which I don’t really have. At the age of 15, God called me into ministry. Missions is something that God has placed on my heart, especially the country of Japan. After I graduate, I’m going to Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Hawaii. I’m ready for a God-adventure! We’ll see where God takes me after that.”
I first heard Eden speak at a fine arts competition for teenagers. She won the award of merit in the short sermon division edging out 30 other male and female competitors.
She spoke to hundreds of her peers during the awards ceremony. I sat listening in awe of her words she delivered with passion and boldness. Her topic?
God is a Feminist.
I knew right then and there I had to share with you the message she delivered that day.
I always love a good back story, and I knew you would too. So, I asked Eden where the inspiration to speak on the touchy topic of feminism came from.
“I’ve seen the topic of feminism all over social media, especially with the Women’s March this year. When I heard a speech given by Ashley Judd, I was surprised and appalled at the “nasty woman” yelling on my small screen.
I had a sadness in my heart for all the women who felt like this represented them.
Then had I had these two questions:
- Does this represent me as a christian young woman?
- Is this the voice God wanted to represent me?
No, its not.
So then the most important question was:
What does God have to say about this?
I thought it was important for people, especially young women, to understand that this isn’t the voice God has given us. The voice He’s given us is so much better and way more powerful. The thing is, God has already given it to us! We just have to use it.”
Read on as Eden creates a compelling case of why God is a Feminist and how He loves and values you as a woman.
God is a Feminist: By Eden
On January 21, 2017 – 5 million women across the world and over 1 million in Washington DC gathered to march and make their voices heard. Among issues of wage equality, civil and reproductive rights, these words were spoken:
“I am a nasty woman, vulgar and proud, and we are for birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, nasty, proud, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sheikh you name it—for new generations of nasty women.”
MILLIONS of girls in my generation believe THIS is the only way to be a strong woman. They cheer and wave the flag of feminism. Their nasty roar across social media squelches any voice WITH the slightest difference.
This taboo topic most Christian’s dare not tackle because of its controversy. Jesus was not afraid of controversy. In fact, he went to great lengths to touch on such topics.
Even women’s rights.
Women in Biblical Law & Culture
Let’s press pause for a history lesson. Moses was given 10 commandments to help steer people to God. Judaism added an extra 450 laws, 120 discriminated women.
Check this out. Women of that time were:
- Were segregated & treated as property.
- Having no rights, their voices were stripped away.
- Holding them back, they were not allowed to learn.
- Keeping them away from God, they were not allowed to learn scripture or to worship with their voice.
- Sadly, one law stated: “Let the words of the law be burned rather than taught to a woman.”
This was the culture of Jesus’s time. This perspective changes several moments regarding Jesus and the women who followed him.
Women’s Right to Learn (Luke 10:38-42)
Among Jesus’ dearest friends were two sisters, Mary and Martha.
Our first look at the sisters is when Jesus is in their home in Luke Chapter 10. Martha was in the kitchen being the perfect hostess without the much needed help from her sister.
And where was her sister? Not in the kitchen where Martha needed her. She was listening to Jesus teaching. And not just in the room, she was sitting at his feet.
Why was Martha so frustrated with Mary? At first glance, you’d think it’s because Mary isn’t helping. But based on the law of the rabbis, Martha was probably embarrassed because women were not supposed to be taught scriptures.
Probably after many failed attempts to pull Mary away, Martha finally interrupts Jesus asking him to have Mary help her. Jesus dismisses Martha’s request by saying, “You are worried and upset about many things. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary was being culturally defiant, but so was Jesus because it violated the rabbi’s law of his day. This was so much more than just about helping in the kitchen; it was a major statement.
God wanted women to learn about Him.
Women’s Right to Have a Public Voice (John 11:17-27)
Our second look at Mary and Martha is found in John Ch. 11. Four days after their brother, Lazarus, died, Jesus finally visits the sisters. Eager to talk, Martha goes out to meet Jesus complaining that if He had been there, her brother would not have died. While in public, surely surrounded by many others, his response to Martha was:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Then he asked her, “Do you believe this?”
These remarkable words were spoken to a woman!
To teach a woman was bad enough, but Jesus did more than that. He called for a verbal response from Martha. Women were not supposed to talk about spiritual matters, let alone voice their opinions.
Once more, Jesus challenged the ideology of his time by teaching a woman and by having her publicly respond to him, a man.
God wanted women to have a voice.
What You Need to Know
Jesus treated women with great respect and dignity. He gave women status and respect equal to men.
He elevated the value of women beyond anything the world had ever seen.
Through Jesus’ interaction with women, God painted a beautiful picture that He is no respecter of persons as in Galatians 3:28. Male and female, he has made us equally valuable and purposely different. He placed value on women and made room for their voice.
How is all this relevant for me and my friends?
Our culture’s view of women has changed so drastically from the New Testament culture. Yet, women are still struggling to understand their value and to exercise their voice.
When asked, young girls are quick to say, “God has made me to be graceful, patient, kind, and gentle.” These are traits easily paired with being a young Christian woman.
Yes, but He has also made us to be strong, determined, confident, and powerful. These traits are not reserved just for men, but are ours to walk in as well. The Bible says the Proverbs 31 woman was clothed in “strength and dignity” and stands “strong and secure.”
God loves His daughters. He’s made us to be strong. God has placed value in our voices.
2 Challenges To You
Men, follow the example of Jesus and make a place for the voices of God’s daughters.
Ladies, I challenge you:
Don’t let the nasty roar of this world intimidate you into minimizing your voice. Your voice reflects God’s heart. When you echo His heart, you become a strong and influential world changer.
Eden nailed it. God does love us so deeply as women and our voices are valued and needed not just in our homes but in our communities. I am also excited and encouraged that God is raising up amazing young women like Eden that will stand for truth and make some waves in her generation.
Comment below to show Eden some love and let her know how she inspired you today!