Reformed Theology Lets start a distinctly reformed feminist movement  Calvinism

Lets start a distinctly reformed feminist movement

Reformed Theology Lets start a distinctly reformed feminist movement  Calvinism
Lets start a distinctly reformed feminist movement

No I don't mean Hilary Clinton style 20th century feminism which seeks to bring women into the workplace and devalues home life and the family, and also don't mean tumblr style 21st century feminism which seems to be a divisive self identity battle of who is more oppressed and the least privileged.

I'm talking about a reformed type of feminist movement. The definition of feminism I am promoting is one which uplifts men and women as equal image bearers of God and celebrates our complementary differences rather than denying them or putting them up against eachother.

I think men should be the initiators in our new feminist movement. Men should lead by example to bring value back to the family and to home life. Since industrialization there has been a movement where men have been removed from home life. Instead of being a farmer or craftsman working in or near the home side by side our wives and family members, the cultural norm has become that men should spend huge amounts of time in "the workplace" and so the work/home life division was created. I think this alienated women and devalued home life and so I think the mid 20th century feminist movement was a reaction to that but it missed the mark.

Here is what I think we as Christian men need to do:

  1. I think we as Christian men should lead by example to bring value to home life again. I think wherever possible we should seek to work as close to the home as we can, and if possible work as few hours as we can(without being economically irresponsible) so we can spend more time in the home with our families. Our primary occupation should be Husband and father. Not engineer or IT guy or FedEx delivery guy.

  2. I think we should take leadership in raising our kids. I think we should take paternity leave when our children are born. I think we should change diapers, do feedings, give baths, hug, kiss, read books, sing songs, pray, teach and raise up our kids. This is some of the most important work we do and we should treat it as such.

  3. I think if possible we should encourage our wives to limit the work they do outside of the home. Allow.them to be full time stay at home moms if possible. Keeping a home and raising kids should be treated as incredibly​ important and rewarding work. I think by men leading by example in eagerly participating in this work, it will be that much more honoring when women participate in it. I think value in the family is determined by the leadership of the head of the family. So if men put value into their home it puts value into women doing the work of home life.

  4. I think we should give our families the gift of honoring the Sabbath. I think we as men should take leadership on the weekends in preparing our homes to enjoy Sabbath rest. This might mean doing all the grocery shopping on Saturday, doing laundry, helping the kids finish all their homework, making a big pot of soup or chili that can easily be reheated for a Sunday meal. Getting the house spotless and vacuum before bed Saturday night. Laying out the kids Sunday clothes. Even making Mondays school and work lunches in advanced. Do everything you can so that Sunday is reserved for rest. Even for the women of the house. Try not to make any plans.dont go out to eat after church, come home and relax and eat your soup instead, go for a walk as a family. Take a nap. Play some games. Whatever you do, do not let Sunday be the day for franticly preparing for the week or the day for cleaning up or whatever. You got six days to do that other stuff. God gave us Sabbath as a gift, let's lead and make sure our families recieve that gift. Oh and help your wife get the kids ready for church. Actually, be the one who wakes them up and gets them dressed and fed and in the car.

  5. Anything else? Any other ideas? Maybe a reformed woman can give ideas for what a woman might do for our reformed feminist movement. Haha this is just something I've been thinking about and pulled it out of my head. It might not be worth a dime so I welcome you to pick it apart, tear it down(but please don't tear me down) or down vote it if you think it's dumb.

No I don't mean Hilary Clinton style 20th century feminism which seeks to bring women into the workplace and devalues home life and the family, and also don't mean tumblr style 21st century feminism which seems to be a divisive self identity battle of who is more oppressed and the least privileged.

I'm talking about a reformed type of feminist movement. The definition of feminism I am promoting is one which uplifts men and women as equal image bearers of God and celebrates our complementary differences rather than denying them or putting them up against eachother.

I think men should be the initiators in our new feminist movement. Men should lead by example to bring value back to the family and to home life. Since industrialization there has been a movement where men have been removed from home life. Instead of being a farmer or craftsman working in or near the home side by side our wives and family members, the cultural norm has become that men should spend huge amounts of time in "the workplace" and so the work/home life division was created. I think this alienated women and devalued home life and so I think the mid 20th century feminist movement was a reaction to that but it missed the mark.

Here is what I think we as Christian men need to do:

  1. I think we as Christian men should lead by example to bring value to home life again. I think wherever possible we should seek to work as close to the home as we can, and if possible work as few hours as we can(without being economically irresponsible) so we can spend more time in the home with our families. Our primary occupation should be Husband and father. Not engineer or IT guy or FedEx delivery guy.

  2. I think we should take leadership in raising our kids. I think we should take paternity leave when our children are born. I think we should change diapers, do feedings, give baths, hug, kiss, read books, sing songs, pray, teach and raise up our kids. This is some of the most important work we do and we should treat it as such.

  3. I think if possible we should encourage our wives to limit the work they do outside of the home. Allow.them to be full time stay at home moms if possible. Keeping a home and raising kids should be treated as incredibly​ important and rewarding work. I think by men leading by example in eagerly participating in this work, it will be that much more honoring when women participate in it. I think value in the family is determined by the leadership of the head of the family. So if men put value into their home it puts value into women doing the work of home life.

  4. I think we should give our families the gift of honoring the Sabbath. I think we as men should take leadership on the weekends in preparing our homes to enjoy Sabbath rest. This might mean doing all the grocery shopping on Saturday, doing laundry, helping the kids finish all their homework, making a big pot of soup or chili that can easily be reheated for a Sunday meal. Getting the house spotless and vacuum before bed Saturday night. Laying out the kids Sunday clothes. Even making Mondays school and work lunches in advanced. Do everything you can so that Sunday is reserved for rest. Even for the women of the house. Try not to make any plans.dont go out to eat after church, come home and relax and eat your soup instead, go for a walk as a family. Take a nap. Play some games. Whatever you do, do not let Sunday be the day for franticly preparing for the week or the day for cleaning up or whatever. You got six days to do that other stuff. God gave us Sabbath as a gift, let's lead and make sure our families recieve that gift. Oh and help your wife get the kids ready for church. Actually, be the one who wakes them up and gets them dressed and fed and in the car.

  5. Anything else? Any other ideas? Maybe a reformed woman can give ideas for what a woman might do for our reformed feminist movement. Haha this is just something I've been thinking about and pulled it out of my head. It might not be worth a dime so I welcome you to pick it apart, tear it down(but please don't tear me down) or down vote it if you think it's dumb.

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Submitted March 13, 2017 at 02:03PM by tanhan27