When it comes to gender bias, we Christians have often been the most egregious offenders. It is time for us to change our behavior.
What should we look to for our model of right behavior? Certainly we should not look to our own history, for it will only show us evil behavior that was tolerated. Rather, we should look anew to Jesus Christ. In him, there is no place for gender bias whatsoever.
Saint Paul wrote about this:
Galatians 3:28-29. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring and heirs according to promise.
The love and respect that Jesus had for all people was the hallmark of his ministry. He held women in high esteem. He never turned away a woman who approached him. When Jesus spoke one-on-one with a woman, there seems to have been an immediate bond.
And why not?
Jesus was willing to risk having a conversation with a woman, even though the prevailing customs forbade such a thing. The response from the woman, any woman, would most likely be to want to linger with him, to follow him, to learn from him, to pray with him, who knows, maybe even to dance with him!
Jesus was ministered to by many women. He was grateful and appreciative. He didn’t really care what others thought. He wasn’t held back by cultural norms.
Jesus was meek and humble and accepted the care and provisions offered by those he served.
When one loves another, there is always an exchange and more often than not, the exchange is beyond monetary gifts. When food and shelter were offered to Jesus he most likely accepted, and those sharing received more than they gave.
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