Today is national women’s day.
It’s not an altogether evil or nefarious idea, having a day to celebrate women and their achievements. Women are after all image bearers, beautiful in the sight of God, givers of life, wonderfully complex and emotional creatures. But in actuality, no one is celebrating today.
Today is a riot– an angry call to arms against creation and all in it. A culture of assertive and empowered “inferiors” banded together in worship of self, singing the battle song of victimization. Not that there aren’t legitimate instances of oppression or abuse, certainly there are, and we should urgently and compassionately seek to free those in bondage and comfort the weak and wounded. But I’m not addressing those. I’m addressing the Christian women who have been unwittingly led into a swarm of feel-good group thinkers seeking another “hit” of self pity.
God didn’t give me (or you) a menstrual cycle so that I could wave it as a bloody flag of honor at all the men in my proximity. He gave it that I could bear life… life that my peers and fellow life-bearers equally fight for the right to “terminate”. We, women, are uniquely created to bleed that another might live, and that life is our glory. But sin flips everything on its head. So women now glory in the blood, and hate the very life that would sanctify it.
But the greatest problem I have with Christian women participating in this farce is that the very premise is anti-gospel. I know I’m not gaining any credibility with the hostile weaker vessels by saying that but there it is.
Christ is the only true victim and we have been crucified with Him. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. ” (Isaiah 53:3) Our song of lament as christian women is not that we are women and therefore “less than”. It is the death of the truly innocent, the spotless lamb led to the slaughter. “For God made Him who knew no sin to be sin, that we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21)
When our worthiness and status are weighed upon the scale of our own victimhood, our view of the Gospel becomes anemic if not false. We worship our own innocence and minimize our offense. We glory in our victimhood, rather than in Christ’s. But God chose the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. We ought not be satisfied in conquering and subduing an earthly kingdom (dominated by men), when in Christ we have been made co-heirs of His glory —– as we—- get this!—- “share in His suffering” (Romans 8:17).
Colossians 3:3 says, “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” When Christian women choose to identify as mob feminists insisting on freedom from oppression, they separate themselves from Christ in whom we have been put to death. What does this death mean? It means there IS justice! Wrongs will be made right, the humble will be made glad, and no sin will go unpunished. If we hope to obtain mercy based on our own innocence, we are utterly lost. If we stand before the Father and plead, “But I was treated as an inferior! I am worthy!” we are totally without hope! It is OUR sin that must be dealt with! It is our sin that screams for justice. And the very justice being demanded is the justice that will bring wrath for those not found in Him. This is such tragic (but just!) sentencing for a fallen world longing, yearning, begging for wrongs to be made right.
But hope is found in the Good News of the Gospel of Christ. Colossians 2:12 “having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God who raised Him from the dead. And you who were dead in trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, God made alive with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
Freedom is not found in solidarity with mass victims crying for justice to be served. Freedom is found in union with Christ, the true victim, in whom justice was served. Death with Christ. Resurrection with Christ. New life with Christ.
Don’t drink the cup of victimhood. Drink the blood poured out for you. Drink deeply the blood-guilt of your life for His. Because the cup of wrath did not pass Him by, but He drank it all for those whose hope is in Him.