Nevertheless, She Persisted…

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Would anything get done without the persistence of determined women – even women who are willing to “break the rules” in the face of injustice?

Would women have the right to vote if our great-grandmothers had not rebelled against men who were determined to keep vaginas out of the voting booth? Oh, does that offend you, Christians? Well, guess what? Women have vaginas. God gave them to us for our pleasure and for the birth of beautiful babies.

It takes persistence to birth a baby, so I hear. It takes persistence to simply be a woman, to deal with an influx of hormones month after month, to deal with a period. Yes, these things are not fun. They take persistence.

Then, on top of all of this, we have to deal with insults from men, like, “Oh, she seems emotional, she must be on her period.” Or “Oh, a woman could never be the president, because women are so emotional.” Yes, guys, it takes persistence to deal with such insensitive and idiotic statements.

Don’t get me wrong here; many men are showing up for women these days in a brilliant and spectacular way. They are fighting right beside us for our equality, and I love them for it. I respect them for it. They get it, but we still have some ways to go when so many Americans (men and women alike) did not have Elizabeth Warren’s back these past days.

Apparently, some feel it is totally OK to silence a woman. This is no surprise, since men have been silencing women for all of human history (and some women continuously back them up on this silencing…not cool ladies).

And don’t tell me, “it’s because Warren broke the rules,” when men “break the rules” ALL OF THE TIME, and they are rarely silenced and embarrassed in front of the entire world.

Women are silenced everywhere we go – in the home, in the Church, and in the government. This is why it is time to join forces. We are stronger together, and we will not be silenced. We will persist. We will resist. We will fight for our rights to speak, just as our great-grandmothers did, and there is not any man with a fragile ego who can stop us.

There are women throughout the Bible who have persisted, starting with Jesus’ own mother. She told her son, we must have wine at this wedding. It will be an embarrassment to this family if they run out of wine. “Jesus, please help them.” He did not want to. He said, “Woman, it is not yet my time.” But Mary persisted. And Jesus gave in and performed His very first miracle, turning water into wine (John 2).

And then there was the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus begging for her daughter who was possessed by a demon. “Lord, I beg you, remove this demon from my daughter.” Jesus at first refused and told her that He came to heal only the Israelites – the children of God. He even went as far as to tell her that the “food” was for the children, not for the dogs.

She PERSISTED.

“But, Lord, even the dogs get to eat the scraps that fall to the floor.” Jesus was blown away by her faith and gave in (Matt. 15:21-28).

If you are not yet convinced that Jesus Christ respects a persistent woman in the face of injustice, then read his own parable:

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith (Luke 18:1-8).

Listen to me, women of God, where there is injustice towards women, people of color, or anyone else, the Spirit of God is in the Resistance.

May we join Her and PERSIST to INSIST that our voices be heard, that our rights be respected, that we be given equal opportunities in the Church and in society. May we send a loud and clear message that we will never, ever be silenced.

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