Christian & Feminist: Is It Possible To Be Both?


So I’ve started watching a new reality show. It’s called “Preachers of Detroit.” It airs Friday nights at 8 PM on WETV. Because I’m usually never home, or watching TV at 8 PM on a Friday night, I caught the first few episodes on On Demand. In one of the episodes, an interesting topic was broached by one of the female Bishops on the show. She wanted to know what place women had as heads of the church, if any at all.

“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:3).

Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, the female Bishop, Corletta Vaughn was met with some opposition by a female cast mate by the name of Evangelist Dorinda-Clarke Cole. The two had a heated debate about what a woman’s “place” was in the church, and that discussion was then revisited at a later lunchdate. Evangelist Cole explained to Bishop Vaughn that she didn’t think women should be Bishops, and furthermore, she didn’t think women should be leaders in any sense of the word.

Evangelist Cole’s feelings were echoed at the luncheon when a young lady stated that she didn’t even think she’d vote for a female President of the United States. Needless to say, Bishop Vaughn didn’t take too kindly to that, and personally, neither did I. Check it out. Skip ahead to the 25 minute mark.

This got me to thinking. There are a lot of women who claim to be feminists, but also consider themselves Christians. CAN a woman be both?

Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. If men and women are not “equals”, how can a Christian woman support feminism?

Well for me, the answer is simple: I don’t think people should take the Bible so literally. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, you MUST read the Bible while taking into context the time period, the culture, and who it was written by. I think in 2015, we have had enough empirical evidence to suggest that women CAN do most jobs just as well as MEN…or BETTER.

Also, since most pastors, bishops, etc claim that GOD spoke to them or CALLED them to do something, who are we to say that God doesn’t speak to women just the same? Is he not God to us ALL? What do you think? Can a woman be both a Christian and a Feminist, or does she have to choose?



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