Read Clint Decker’s December HOPE FOR TODAY column here or on the blog site.
Among the nations of the world there are many that do not allow women to drive, own property or even vote. Not to mention the global multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry that traffics women 98% of the time.
Despite where the world still is in its treatment of women, it has taken a tremendous leap forward in the last 100 years. In America, their place and value is nothing like it was in 1850. However, long before the establishment of the women’s suffrage movement they had a powerful advocate in the first century – Jesus. Here are five ways in which He gave value and purpose to all women.
Defense. Jesus had celebrity status easily gathering crowds in the thousands around Him. They hung on His every word. Through His platform of influence He defended women when society tried to demean and dismiss them.
Challenging the status quo. Jesus put His life and reputation on the line challenging the unjust ways in which women were treated during His day. Though knowingly opposing cultural rules He became a voice for the voiceless.
Equality. Jesus demonstrated that women were as equally valuable as men. He saw no difference in a man’s worth over a woman’s. Both were created and loved by God.
Compassion. Jesus showed kindness toward women of all ranks in society – upper, middle and lower classes. He offered peace, hope and freedom to all women who would choose to believe in Him with all their heart.
Accountability. Even though Jesus offered promise to women, He also called them to repentance. He realized true freedom is not just found in changing laws or cultural ideals. He offered liberation of the soul through forgiveness of sin. When women are delivered from sin they receive a new mind and heart and a new future that lasts for eternity.
Jesus and those who follow His example offer a message to women around the world. Those in abusive relationships, oppressive cultures and feeling on the fringe of society, can find worth in Christ. While publicly standing against one woman’s accusers Jesus said to her “‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more’” (John 8:10-11). As Jesus championed this lady’s worth, He calls upon all men everywhere to honor the God-given value that women inherently posses.