Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Born of a Woman

It's International Women's Day today, and I am reminded of the numerous women in the Bible, in world history and the women of my generation who inspired and continue to inspire confidence. Because of their courage, faith and service, the world is forever changed and different.

Unfortunately, I am reminded of the women who were abused, mistreated or killed by hideous and despicable men. As I write this, I think about the faces of women in the newspapers who suffered, discriminated and harassed under the hands of men. Not only that, but I  am appalled by the discrimination against women in the workplace and in society. The male-dominated and patriarchal has given birth to the rise of feminism. I cannot blame them. For the fight of equality of rights, power and opportunities in a male-dominated society is far from over. 

I was born of and nursed by woman. I am married to one, grew up in a home with two and I am currently raising two who are very young. I work with women in church, ministry, and have lots of relatives, friends and acquaintances from all walks of life. I was inspired by courageous women in history and continue to be inspired by inspiring women in my generation. Those of us who believe in creation cannot but declare that not a single man ever existed after Adam, and there will never be a, without a woman! My honor and respect goes to all women. 

Yet, I think about the incarnation of God, who conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born of a virgin woman. Jesus Christ became human by the power of God, yet He chose to do it through a woman. Jesus could have come down from heaven, but was stripped of His deity and made human. Thanks t the womb of the virgin Marry. While it is shocking that a God chose to be born in someone He created, He did so because of His love to redeem man from the power of sin.