At the beginning of this blog series I discussed a campfire that the author wished for us to gather around. A campfire that forced us to get cozy with the truth, engage with being human, and stop shoving well-informed opinions down each others throats. It is to that atmosphere that I would like us to return as I conclude my series: An In-Depth Review of Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey.
We need Jesus Feminism because it is thought provoking. The questions that Sarah Bessey raises throughout the book are essential for gender equality to be realized.
Most importantly, we need Jesus Feminism because it is predicated on the idea that we need to bear with those in our society and in our relationships from the perspective of Christ.
We need to bear with those in our society, and those in our relationships, from a perspective of
strength, efficiency, knowledge, and power humility, gentleness, patience, and love–as Jesus did.
If these values inform the ways in which we treat each other, our world will heal.
This idea applies to not only gender equality, but to racism, poverty, environmental rights, animal rights, and the distribution and access to health care and education; all issues of social justice.
Additionally, this idea applies to how we form our ethical values in light of the biblical narrative. We have discussed many issues in this blog series, but if we found our lives on equality, love, and respect for all persons, I believe we will work toward a better society.
Bearing with one another in love means that we set aside our pride and take people for the what they are: broken and in need of restoration–as Jesus did.
It does not mean that we make excuses for injustice, but that we refuse to let stereotypes govern us, and presuppositions define our relationships such that we condemn the different before we can walk in their shoes–as Jesus did.
It means that instead of taking the position that we are all-knowing, and have it all figured out, that we empathize with humanity and all of its brokenness–the perpetrator and the victim alike–as Jesus did.
It means that we listen to the voices of the suffering and the marginalized, and stand up for them–as Jesus did.
It means that we mourn for our world when it is hopeless, and we impose light where there is none–as Jesus did.
We need Jesus Feminism because it marks the beginning of a revolution that seeks to put Jesus in front of every social justice movement. That seeks Jesus to such a degree that He is all that we have left.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. // Ephesians 4:2