• Vanessa Clark

Chasing Equality

The feminist movement is on a vengeful path seeking justice and equality, it targets men in power that continuously overlook women. At its core, the movement use to be about giving a voice to women but now that voice has grown hostile. It use to be necessary to be married in order to be protected from the world’s injustices but when husbands became the judges and harsh executioners of their wives, the darkness of the world invaded their homes. After centuries of the abuse of power between husband and wife, it’s no wonder women feel castrated from the life of freedom they were meant to live. Instead of fighting the systems that marginalize women, this movement has now, with claws out and teeth bared, turned against the divine institution of marriage. To be a husband is to save, protect, and love but in fighting for women’s freedom, perhaps we are erasing the good with the bad.

Motivational images used for women’s independence can be seen as women strutting

the latest fashions, carrying the brand of a million-dollar company, while singing Beyoncé lyrics at the top of their lungs. Pretty cool, but what are we teaching the generations to come? The absence of a man is the presence of power? (Ecclesiastes 4:9: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?)Women can be single and motherless and still conquer the world and while this is true, we don’t have to throw out the baby with the bath water. Women can conquer the world as wives with

husbands who chase God with all their hearts. Husbands were created to be saviors for their wives, to rescue them from a world of darkness and spend their lives expressing love through an eternal covering. Calloused hearts of women will cringe at that statement because they believe to be saved by a husband means they themselves have to give up their lives or, what’s most fearful, they’d have to give up independence.

In the divine design of marriage, the husband/male was expected to lead and protect. Hunters, thinkers, leaders they were given positions of power by God not to be tyrants over their female partners but to be examples of how to live. When a woman marries a man she brings all her flaws with her and in God’s design the husband is to “sanctify” her or make her better than the day they said “I do”. We forget that part. The husband’s responsibility is to teach his wife all that he knows in order to guarantee her a life of

success, to see to it that her calling is completely fulfilled. The pride of a woman would tell a willing husband that her role is full enough of changing diapers, cooking dinner and trying to survive the injustice of the world. Women have been programmed to believe that submission is weakness but no one every deems it unwise to sit under the power of knowledgeable men in order to gain better advancements in life. Husbands are called to see, know, and be more in order to train, ensure, and secure the lives of their wives.

History has shown us what men who break their covenant with God can do to women. Women suffer at the hands of men who are suppose to protect them, men who leave them with babies to raise, bills to pay, and futures so doused in uncertainty it’s a wonder how women get out of the bed in the morning. We can be honest, men who aren’t submitted to God have failed women giving rise to the feminist movement and it’s completely understandable, but they shouldn’t be protecting themselves from the very beings created to serve them. Husbands are to save, sanctify, and satisfy their wives, representing the way Christ loves His Church. They are to take up their crosses daily, giving an account to God and all of heaven what they have done with these beautiful gifts. Women. It’s tough to think about all the injustices women endure but will they run away from their help, disguising him as the enemy or will they submit their movement to God’s covenant and try it God’s way? The answers are found in unity and not in the vengeful pursuit for equality. ( Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.")

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