There are many books, blogs and conferences out there about the topic of “biblical womanhood.” Nearly all of the articles have to do with a woman’s “biblical” role as a wife or mother. Many of which address important, needed topics, about our femininity. But, have we minimized the topic of biblical womanhood down to a stereotype? Is there more to biblical womanhood than marriage and family?
Out of curiosity, we googled “biblical womanhood” and up popped a book called “Jesus Feminist” as well as another site titled “Ladies Against Feminism,” both using the bible to support their view on “biblical womanhood.” So which is it?
What is biblical womanhood?
Is it wearing an apron?
Is it teaching at conferences?
Submitting to your husband?
Caring for the poor?
Leading and teaching?
Sewing and singing?
Can it be all of those things, some of those things, or none of those things?
Have we minimized the topic of biblical womanhood down to a stereotype?
Chuck Swindoll shares a story about his mother, a homemaker, who would often make meals for her neighbors and share Jesus with them in this way. He grew up with a mom who served quietly from home, loving those around her, and sharing Christ. Then there are biblical women like Mother Teresa, who never married or had children, and spent her days loving and serving the poor. At STG, we think there is room for all types of women under the umbrella of “biblical womanhood.”
On a bad day, we have narrowed biblical womanhood to one category, being a wife and a mother. On a good day, we have made the table wide and long and said it is so much more than a stereotype. Biblical womanhood can, and should, transcend middle-class suburban America. Biblical womanhood is for the hard-working (at home or in the office), the single, the married, the rich, the poor, the Asian, African, or American. It’s for the mother and the barren, the creative and the planner, the platform leader and the quiet homemaker.
On a bad day, we have narrowed biblical womanhood to one category, being a wife and a mother. On a good day, we have made the table wide and long and said it is so much more than a stereotype.
Join us for this series where you will hear from many different women about “biblical womanhood.” We will journey through character studies on women of the bible like Ruth, Esther and Mary. We will learn from women who don’t fit the mold of the stereotypical woman. We’ll share stories from women who have been outcast or marginalized, and stories from women who serve Jesus diligently even though it looks differently.
What’s your story?
What’s your definition of biblical womanhood?
Have you ever felt like you don’t fit the mold? Check out our STG Biblical Womanhood series and join the rest of us who don’t fit either