I’m not quite sure when the Church decided that “biblical” was the perfect adjective for subjective roles and situations. I don’t think it’s helped us. No, I am a biblical woman because I live and move and have my being in the daily reality of being a follower of Jesus, living in the reality of being loved, in full trust of my Abba. I am a biblical woman because I follow in the footsteps of all the biblical women who came before me.
Marriage and motherhood are not the only way to biblical womanhood, as we see in so many of our spiritual mamas, despite our collective evangelical habit of treating single women and men as our personal match-making mission field. Our acceptability as women before God is not dependent on our fathers or our husbands or the lack thereof.
In Christ, there is no such narrow descriptor of biblical women–dependent on roles and chores, job descriptions and marital status, experiences and unique circumstances, or quieting our wisdom and intellect and voices–when the majority of women in our world do not have the luxury of deciding whether or not to work. Our work in this life grows instead from the tree of his great love for us, birthed out of a growing and real relationship with Love itself. The organic blossoming of the fruit of the Spirit is only because of our life in the Vine. Whether we turn to the right or to the left, our ears will hear a voice behind, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
What versions of “biblical womanhood” have you tried on in the past? What does that phrase mean to you now?