I asked writer friend, teacher, theologian, and soon to be author, Halee Scott, to share from the perspective of women being warriors for God. First, she informed me of a woman who inspires her and someone we should all know.
Halee: One female leader that amazes me is Henrietta Mears. She wasn’t afraid to dream big dreams. She once said, “When I consider my ministry, I think of the world. Anything less than that would not be worthy of Christ, nor of his will for my life.” She was the “spiritual grandmother” to a few of those who founded and led the most prominent ministries the 20th century, including Campus Crusade for Christ, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, Youth for Christ, the Navigators, and Young Life.
Then Halee was gracious enough to share her convictions and what God is teaching her about His army of women.
I know some people get nervous concerning the topic of Women’s Empowerment. On one hand, we value the lives and contributions of women. On the one hand, “women’s rights” is the source of fighting and great debates. Women’s rights and their empowerment has become a ploy in almost every arena from politics and media to education, entertainment and marketing. Some may dogmatically stand on one extreme or the other, but the reality is: there is a lot of history and gray to sort through when the issues are so often painted in short black and white sound bits. Sometimes it is easier, though not responsible, to not pay attention to all of the noise surrounding my creation as a woman.
Since the “Racial Reconciliation” feature on Moody’s Midday Connection earlier this month, I have been continuing the race conversation with weekly dialog on the blog concerning issues that were raised through the broadcast. Thus far, we have answered the question, “Why Pursue Racial Reconciliation,” and discussed the issue of Race and Politics in the Church.
Today, I want to close the discussion by responding to some of the questions and issues raised through emails received after the broadcast. Of course, I cannot cover all topics here, so I have decided to lump several responses together in an effort to capture the “big picture” of what I believe people were trying to communicate. Additionally, I have selectively chosen to address and present the comments where people seemed sincere in their desire to grow and continue a healthy dialog.