Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wise Words for Women

As you know, one of the main aims of our blog is to discover and recover for our lives a biblical understanding of womanhood. This is a large vision to embrace! Therefore, we're going to take our Wednesdays to chew over some wise words from great writers (both past and present) on the theme.

Our first wise words for women comes from Elisabeth Elliot and her book, "Let Me Be A Woman." She writes in her chapter, God Sets No Traps:
We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God's idea of me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am and all that He wants me to be....

God...has summoned us to the only true and full freedom. The woman who defines her liberation as doing what she wants, or not doing what she doesn't want, is, in the first place, evading responsibility. Evasion of responsibility is the mark of immaturity. The Women's Liberation Movement is characterized, it appears, by this very immaturity. While telling themselves that they have come a long way, that they are actually coming of age, they have retreated to a partial humanity, one that refuses to acknowledge the vast significance of the sexual differentiation...

And the woman who ignores that fundamental truth ironically misses the very thing that she has set out to find. By refusing to fulfil the whole vocation of womanhood she settles for a caricature, a pseudo-personhood.
Whether you are younger or older, single or married, busy at home or in the workplace, ponder these wise words so that you might not fall into the trap of evading your responsibility as a christian woman.

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