Jesus the Feminist

March 8, 2019 · Print This Article

Today is International Women’s Day and it is rather depressing to be reminded, once again, that we still do not have gender equality in the world today. Not even in Britain.

As a man living in the 21st Century it is easier to be a supporter of women’s rights than 150 years ago, when women in this country weren’t even allowed to vote. So I was encouraged to read my ancestor, John Stuart Mill, being called out in the Guardian newspaper this morning as a strong supporter of women’s rights in his time.

As a Christian, I am sometimes criticised for being a part of a movement that has been responsible for the oppression of women, yet a close examination of the facts fails to support any such claims. When I look at the life of our founder, Jesus Christ, I see a proud feminist. A man who always treated women equally and boldy broke the customs of his day to involve them in his ministry.

I am thankful that “in Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Greek, slave and free person, male and female”1. Let’s celebrate everything that International Women’s Day has achieved over the last 110 years and is still achieving all over the world today.

All the very best

peter.mill@gracecom.church

 

1 Galatians 3:28 (NCV)

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