Some women might be tempted to avoid delving into the topic of Biblical Womanhood due to a lack of theological training. Mary K. Mohler in a review of Does Christianity Squash Women by Rebecca Jones concludes that formal education is not necessary for upholding Biblical doctrines. She states,
“Jones readily admits that she is not a theologian. That is actually encouraging to those of us who, like the author, consider ourselves to be diligent, intelligent Christian women but who do not hold theological degrees. Such credentials are not necessary to articulate a biblical view of womanhood. While we certainly appreciate the work of both men and women who have studied the languages and earned terminal degrees, women who have been dedicated wives and mothers at home need not shy away from stating boldly and proudly what we believe. We are not on the lecture circuit to expound on our views, but we hold them with deep conviction nonetheless.”
Why does Biblical Womanhood matter? Mohler recommends reading Jones’ book for further information. She says,
“It seems that Christian women living in a post-Christian era are often an enigma to society. There is far too little ammunition to combat the increasing mentality that biblical womanhood is outdated and irrelevant. Rebecca Jones’s provocative book provides readers with an arsenal full of cogent arguments based on biblical truths. She also enlists the support of a virtual “Who’s Who” among conservative Christian scholars. In just over two hundred pages of text, she quotes from more than eighty of the most respected evangelicals of our time as well as from the recent past. Her thesis, not surprisingly, is that Christianity does not squash women: “[Women] are, on the contrary, given a place of high honor in the Bible. . . . They play a huge part in the accomplishment of God’s will and in the arrival of the promised seed.”
She finishes the review by emphasizing the importance of gender roles. She comments,
“Yes, the gender issue matters. Yes, it goes beyond being a peripheral issue, because it is anchored to the primary issue of biblical authority. How heartening it is that as evangelicals, we can join ranks in this pivotal debate and let the chips fall where they may! The more our families are seen as happy and holy places where submission and sacrificial love actually work, the more our churches reflect the amazing phenomenon of men and women joyfully working together based on God’s design, the more the world will wonder. However, we realize that the beautiful picture of Christ and his church in our homes and our churches will draw men and women to Himself. As Jones says, “We women can delight in showing the world that God made women glorious, in His image, not to be squashed, but to work for His honor in our homes, churches and society with grace, power and eloquence.”
What an awesome role we have as women! It is time to embrace it for all it is worth. We will never come close to exhausting all the ways that the Lord will use willing women. Squashed? No way. We are loved and cherished by a Holy God who has remarkable work for us alone to do. For the sake of the kingdom, let us get on with the task. This book will boost you along the way.”
I was certainly encouraged to press on in my pursuit of recovering Biblical Womanhood. How are you involved in this aim?
Thanks for reading!