Since I started participating in this series on femininity with Kitten for the month of March, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned that the other women participating in this challenge are pretty stinkin’ amazing, femininity is a very popular subject, and that femininity is also a very touchy subject for some. I wrote a post last week called No Bones About It: Femininity and Anorexia and I am so happy to see how well it has been received among other people who suffer from eating disorders.
Today I want to talk about something very different from my previous two posts and that is Biblical Femininity. I had actually chosen this topic before I was rudely told (by a few unnamed folks) that I didn’t know what femininity really is (to which I replied by whipping out a dictionary and being backed up by said dictionary – thanks webster!) So it seems this is a topic that needs to be discussed.
Views of Biblical Femininity can be highly distorted, and I know this because I grew up in a community where modesty was heavily pushed and taken to places that are unsupported by scripture.
In addition to that, the role of a woman in a relationship with a man was also distorted through an incorrect interpretation of a verse. Essentially, a woman was supposed to obey the oldest man in the room asking her to do something (this can get sketchy, let me assure you). Thankfully, I had an amazing Pastor, husband, and hebrew teacher who taught me the correct application of that verse and I have been free from that legalistic interpretation for quite some time.
All this is to say, I know a bit about the corruption of Biblical Femininity and sympathize with those who have been hurt by the cherry-picking of scripture (resulting in a loss of context and a cut and paste version of the bible). In the process of unlearning those unhealthy teaching, I’ve had the chance to appreciate the correct view of Biblical Femininity more than most.
Without further ado, let’s get in to what femininity is, or rather, what a feminine woman of God is like.
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