In our rapidly-changing Western culture, all women at some point find themselves asking: What is my role? What does it mean to be a “woman”? Christian women in particular struggle to reconcile what culture says they should be (whether that is the broader secular culture, or the particular Christian culture they grew up in) with what God truly created them to be.
From the creation account in Genesis, we know that when God created Eve from the rib of Adam, He took His time. He created her holistically, delicately, and intentionally. Sometimes, when we see ourselves through the spectacles of self-doubt and sinfulness, that can be hard to believe. But it’s true. the Bible even tells us that we—both man and woman—were made in God’s image, in the likeness of God himself, and that, my friend, speaks volumes. Think about everything that God is: He is beautiful, strong, gracious, assertive, divine, thoughtful… his praiseworthy attributes are endless. Do you see what that means for you? The possibilities for who you are, how you live, and what the expression of you as a follower of Christ looks like in this world are endless.
We are living in a time when issues related to gender, race, and religious beliefs are more openly discussed than they ever have been… and more explosive than they ever have been. This supercharged atmosphere makes it challenging, even intimidating, to live out loud, unapologetic for who you are and what you believe It takes immense courage. I admire Jackie Hill Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God for just that: her courage, her convictions, her willingness to call it like she sees it. She’s as real as they come, and there seems to be no end to the wisdom and spiritual insight she has to share. Recently, I had the chance to sit down and catch up with Jackie on a live YouTube recording of The Sister Circle Show. We discussed important topics including what it looks like to walk in the truth about who God says you are, how womanhood should be defined (and that doesn’t include clothing or stereotypes), and, of course, her new book, Gay Girl, Good God.
This bonus episode is a great resource for anyone who is struggling with gaining victory over unforgiveness or looking for real-talk about same-sex attraction. In either case, the ultimate goal should be to come to God for Him to change their heart, and not merely to take away a particular struggle.
Highlight from Today’s Episode:
- Responding through the lens of love
- Becoming secure in who God made you to be
- Understanding the impact of fatherlessness
- Examining your thoughts about sexual identity
Resources From Today’s Show
- Watch this interview on YouTube
- Purchase a copy of Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
- Listen to “The Christian Debate over Sexual Identity” by Sam Allberry
- Purchase a copy of “Holy Sexuality and The Gospel” by Christopher Yuan
- Want more? Listen to my previous interview with Jackie Hill Perry
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- “What changes our heart is faith.” – Jackie Hill Perry
- “Forgiveness looks like mercy.” – Jackie Hill Perry
- “If we relate to people on a human level, that takes away the stress of how to love them well.” – Jackie Hill Perry
- “To think I have to wear a dress to be a woman is culture, not Christ.” – Jackie Hill Perry
==> General Links
- If you haven’t already grabbed your free download, you can do so by clicking here!
- Did you miss my last bonus episode with Ekemini Uwan? Make sure you listen!
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- Grab my latest book, She’s Still There!
- Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans
After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!
- Are you struggling to find victory over a stronghold in your life?
- What would you say is holding you back from claiming victory?
- Did this episode help you to see your stronghold in a different way? How can you claim victory even in the difficult struggles of your life?
- Do you find it difficult to define your womanhood as God defines it (versus the cultures you live in)? How so?
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