6/2/10

The Choice to Embrace Biblical Womanhood


Voices and Choices of the True Woman Movement (Part 1)

Voices, voices everywhere—in television and radio, literature, the movies, the Internet, and relationships—all competing for our attention. It’s hard to hear the voice of God in this cacophony of sound; but women desperately need to hear from God. His is the powerful voice of wisdom and sanity (Ps. 29:4; Prov. 3:5; Is. 55:8-9).

Our choices are often determined by the voices we respond to and obey, and in those choices, we affect our relationships, ministry, health, and future. Look around American society today and you’ll see the results of listening to wrong voices.

In this summer series, based on chapters from the book Voices of the True Woman Movement, I want to focus on the choices that are possible when we heed the heart and voices of this powerful new women’s movement, and specifically, what women can do to influence others to return to biblical womanhood today.

In the fall of 2008, John Piper—pastor, author, and family man—addressed the True Woman '08 conference in Chicago with the message, “The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood.” Women across the auditorium first smiled and then grew thoughtful as Piper said, “Wimpy theology makes wimpy women.” He was not arguing for the brash, loud, manipulative female, but rather, a woman of stamina, spiritual strength, and submission to God—a woman with scripture coursing through her veins.

“Wimpy theology does not give a woman a God that is big enough,” Piper said. Wimpy theology forgets who God is and His sovereign purposes. “From the very beginning,” he said, “God’s design in creating the universe and governing it the way He does has been to put the glory of His grace on display in the death of His Son for the sake of His bride.” In other words, true, biblical manhood and womanhood—masculinity and femininity—are at the center of God’s agenda. They were not an afterthought, but His personal, sovereign choice.

True womanhood, Piper said, is a distinctive calling of God. It is more than physical features or biological functions. The married woman displays the Church’s part in submission to Christ by her willing choice to submit to her husband's leadership (Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Peter 3:1-7), while the married man displays Christ’s love for His bride. Single people are not left out of this beautiful picture, because, as Piper noted, “Marriage is a beautiful thing. But it is not the main thing.” Singles who are content to walk with Christ are an even “greater witness that He [Jesus] is a better husband than any man, and in the end, will be the only husband in the universe.”

What choices do we have when we hear Piper’s words? (1) Consider the voices you are listening to, and ask God to help you seek His voice above all others. (2) Don’t settle for wimpy theology about God or His design for your life. Appropriate His power to be a God-honoring woman. (3) Discover the beauty of biblical submission as you meditate on key scriptures. (4) Don’t waste your womanhood. Become creative in ways to glorify the Lord, no matter your stage of life. (5) Live out your roles in womanhood with focus, contentment, and joy. If you are married, affirm your husband’s leadership and encourage his success with your spiritual gifts and talents. If you are single, encourage God’s family in the church. Biblical womanhood is the choice that leads to true freedom.

I encourage you to attend one of the remaining True Woman '10 Conferences for encouragement in embracing biblical womanhood; and read and sign the True Woman Manifesto.

1 comment:

Marja said...

AMEN! Another wonderful post Dawn. Thank you for sharing your insights!