Wherever you go and whatever you do, there will always be biases that exist in life. These opinions cause a certain segment of society to feel or show inclination of prejudice for or against someone or something. Unfortunately, these stereotypes often develop into beliefs resulting in inequality. While growing up, Hollywood portrayed a skewed version of women and the Bible, emphasizing the submissive role of a wife in marriage, Ephesians 5. Thus, many females rejected the Bible, Christianity and the desire to take faith seriously.
The Lord gives the command [to take Canaan]; The women who proclaim the good news are a great host (army); Psalm 68:11.
Like any conversation that you over hear or interrupt, if you walk into it at the wrong moment, you will miss a portion of the context. Such is the case of the Old Testament passage above. On the surface, this verse appears to suggest that God honors women who gossip, passing on what they were told. When you dig deeper into Bible commentaries, you will find these women possessed two key qualities. First, they believed victory was possible despite the impenetrable wall surrounding Jericho. Second, these women encouraged others to believe by dancing and singing songs expecting victory to occur, void of any doubt.
“From my upbringing and the Bible I learned people should stand up for rights just as the children of Israel stood up to the Pharaoh,” Rosa Parks 1994.
During the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, one woman made a huge impact. While entering a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to sit in the colored section of this bus. Park’s decision inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott. While Dr. Martin Luther King has received a majority of the credit for Civil Rights in America, Congress has referred to Rosa Parks as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. Based upon the quote above, Parks shares a common worldview with the women mentioned in Psalm 68. These women applied the biblical principles they were taught as a children by taking a stand for that which was good, right and true.
by Jay Mankus