March(ing Orders) for Women
Rebekah Merkle, author of Eve in Exile and wife of NSA’s President, Dr. Benjamin Merkle, has spent a fair amount of time studying the history of feminism and its effects on contemporary society. As she demonstrates in her book, feminists have sometimes rightly identified various problematic views of women—problems that Bible-believing Christians can also acknowledge. But that’s where the similarities end.
The motivations, methods, and message of the secular feminist agenda have little in common with a Christian vision of the unique dignity and strength that God gave to women. And the fight for so-called “women’s rights” has resulted in casualties of all sorts—most notably the gruesome and continually rising body count of tens of millions of children.
However, Mrs. Merkle, in refusing to link arms with this destructive movement, does not suggest that Christian women ought to simply sit this one out. Nor should they respond simply by organizing alternative demonstrations in reaction to the profane and undignified display that recently blew through Washington, D.C. The work of Christian women, she writes, is much bigger than tearing down the movement that is trying to tear down the patriarchy. Instead, in a recent post on the Desiring God website, she reminds women of their God-given strength—a strength designed for building.