Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself, “Man, give me a strong cup of coffee and I could save the world today”? Have you ever found yourself in one of those moods where you’re just beyond ready for whatever craziness the world has to throw at you? Well, that was me this morning.
I woke up today just full of energy, joy, and strength. See, normally, I wake up to my toddler sticking her finger into my eye and jumping on my bed. I’m not rested at all and I definitely don’t have any strength or energy. But…not today. Today was different.
I know, I know, I know. I have ranted about women’s ministries in the past. I know. I’ve really beaten the dead horse (poor horse). BUT – I’m not quite done yet. When I woke up today, energetic and happy, the first thought that crossed my mind is: I need to encourage some Christian women today! While I may seem rant-y, my motives are good. (You bought that, right?)
Theology. Let’s talk about that. Theology is simply studying the nature of God and religious belief. Sounds a lot like what we do in church, small group, and Bible study, right? We study who God is, we study Christian history, we study the Scriptures, we talk about the purpose of prayer, and we talk about spiritual gifts. On and on I could go, but these various topics we examine, they are all examples of **wait for it** THEOLOGY. When we are learning about God and our beliefs as Christians, we are learning about theology. Simple enough, eh? Moving on…
Now, the discussion always seems to be awesome in a men’s only group OR in a co-ed group. But when we get a group of women together, the conversation seems to become some what, dare I say, vapid? Women don’t talk about theology. We talk about how to be the best darn home-maker you can be! Who needs a recipe for triple-fudge brownies!? Or we talk about how God just wants you to be a mommy!
I wish I were kidding, but I recently stumbled upon a Christian blogger who wrote an entire post about meatloaf. Meatloaf, guys. As in that brown lump we cover in ketchup and call dinner. Meatloaf. MEATLOAF. What in the world does that have to do with God? Nothing? We see a handful of verses in the New Testament, specifically in the epistles, that encourage believers to grow spiritually.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by ever wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working to each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. – Ephesians 4:14-16 (NASB)
I know so many (too many) Christian women who are so easily lead astray by false doctrine. There are many beliefs, religions, and teachings out there that look a lot like Christianity, but they’re not. If we aren’t studying the Word, and I mean really studying it, it’s so easy to be lead astray, being tossed here and there. We have to be anchored in the Word. We have to possess knowledge, wisdom, and discernment to know what’s truth and what’s a lie.
Let me wrap this up. Look, it’s okay to swap recipes and chat with other Christian women about mom life. That’s all good. However, there comes a time when us girls need to take our Bible study seriously. If all we ever learn about is fashion tips and dating advice, it seems as if we have a milk/meat situation going on here. (See 1 Corinthians 3:2)
Theology is for girls, too. The Bible is not just meant to be read and studied by men. Men, women, and children can all read and understand Scripture. So, let’s get past the recipes and Pinterest-esque Bible studies and get into some solid theology. Sound good? Great!
Let me hear your thoughts! Do you agree? Disagree?
Take care and God bless!