A little girl once wrote this in her school book:
Her teacher asked her why she did it. She answered:
“In Sunday school, I heard Jesus is the answer to all our problems.”
It is rather cute when a little child does it, but suppose that an adult said this:
Mathematics is essentially irredeemable. We cannot redeem a movement that was conceived in rebellion against God and His message. At its core, the message of mathematics is this: Jesus is not the answer. Answers to sums are things like “three”, “minus seven”, or “two-hundred-and-twelve point three five.” Mathematics make the standard answer to problems not God, but the answers that are “right in [our] own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
This is a category error. The answer to one plus five is indeed six, not Jesus. I believe complementarians and patriarchy people make the same type of error here:
We cannot redeem a movement that was conceived in rebellion against God and His design. Feminism certainly comes in several different flavors, but at its core, its message is this: Women have the right to decide for themselves what is right and wrong for them. Since the Garden of Eden, feministic women have valiantly fought for the right to get their own way, and each woman’s only standard is What She Wants –- what is “right in [her] own eyes” (Judges 21:25)… This is … why “Christian” feminism is an oxymoron. – Anna Sophie and Elizabeth Botkin
Ultimately, it comes down to this: who holds the rights to your life…you or God? Do you take in all that feminism has fed us over the years and demand the right to dictate your life or do you submit to the authority that God has placed over your life?
Only God has the right to our rights. – Sarah Bubar, on Mary Kassian’s site, Girlsgonewise
These are the kind of problems that feminism responded to:
> Only men had the right to go to a university or seminary. (By the way, the scriptures tell us to let women learn – 1 Tim 2:11a)
> Women did not have the right to own property. Widows were left with absolutely nothing when their husbands died, and other male family took what she built up with her husband. (Throughout both the old and new Testaments, God tells us to show justice to widows, and feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton was therefore doing in the will of God by fighting for the rights of widows to inherit.)
> Fathers had rights to bethroth a woman not ready for marriage to men they do not want to marry. Powerful men grabbed whatever woman they wanted, and could not be prosecuted. (The mere fact that a father wants her to marry, or a man want to use her, does not mean that a certain man or age of marriage is the will of God.)
As such, the issue that feminism responds to is not:
Women used to follow God (in things like further study, owning property, or marriage).
The issue they respond to is:
Women used to be forced, regardless of what they or God wanted, to follow men. In smaller ways this still happen, and in some societies it is very common.
Feminism enables women to do what they want, but also to do what God wants. Someone with no choice cannot choose God:
How can a woman under the thumb of patriarchy say to the Lord, “not my will but yours,” and “not my life but yours” when she has no will or life of her own? If her life and will do not exist, then the giving of herself fully to our Lord Jesus Christ is prevented or obstructed. Those who are not allowed to have a relationship, an opinion, an expression, a life, or a heart of their own will be hindered in entering into a personal relationship with the Lord because it is in the Lord’s name that they are told they do not exist. “The Lord is my shepherd” is taken out of their reach by those proclaiming the dominion of males, which then results in abuse, enslavement, and a rationale for men to fulfill their desires for power and the gratification of their own flesh. – Jon Zens
Is feminism good? I’d say yes, because God found free will good. Is patriarchy good? I’d say no, because Jesus found lording it over others bad. Feminism opposes male-centered oppression, not God-centered choices.