We must pray for women and their right’s across the globe. Despite much talk to the contrary, Christianity throughout history has been more liberating for women than any other religion, which is why many of the early Christian converts were women. The status of women was improved in any society true Christianity was spread to, and today the countries where women are being exploited the most are those countries with the least amount of Christian exposure and influence.Christians have been the first to provide rights and education for women and there are several scriptural references on justice and fair treatment for women. In Mark 10:2-9, Jesus lays down a spiritual law to protect women from being “used” by men of the day who were accustomed to being able to divorce and discard them whenever they tired of them – in those days, this would have made those divorced women disgraced socially and unable to have any sort of life afterwards. Jesus’ command put great responsibility on the men in those times to treat their wives respectfully. This is a tradition we must carry on now, to fight for justice and equal rights for women around the world.
Visit http://www.cbeinternational.org/ for resources and in-depth information on the Old Testament and New Testament Christianity and women, Christianity and equality, and current women’s and equal rights issues.
As Hillary Clinton now famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.” We need to get back to the basic truth of the Word of God and support the freedom Christ bought for all his children. Click here for more information on the state of women around the globe from amnesty.org.
Scripture reflecting the values:
Justice of fair treatment for women – 2 Sam. 13
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3: 28).
The scriptures encourage and confirm women in all types of roles and callings:
- in leadership-Judges 4
- mothers and wives-Proverbs 31
- in ministry-Exodus 15: 20, Luke 2:31
- in business and positions of influence – Esther, Luke 8: 1-3, Joshua 2