How do Women Glorify God?

Women can be leaders, but only under certain conditions.

Readership: Men;

Female Leadership

In these feminized times, it is common for women to assume a position of leadership in politics, government, social movements, and even the church.

But this arrangement does not follow God’s proscribed order, nor does it glorify Him.

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

1st Timothy 2:12 (KJV)

We do not need the Bible to tell us that women are generally unfit to lead.  We can know this through simple observation.

“I told him I had been that morning at a meeting of the people called Quakers, where I had heard a woman preach. Johnson replied, “Sir, a woman’s preaching is like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.””

James Boswell, in The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) Info*
Young Housewife, by Lexei Vasilyevich Tyranov (1840)

Yet, the Bible contains stories of women who were leaders, in a sense. 

  • Deborah was a judge and a prophet.  (Judges 4-5)
  • Miriam was a leader in worship. (Exodus 15:20; Micah 6:4)
  • Rizpah defended the sanctity of human life, and the honor of her tribe by keeping watch over her slain sons and fending away wild animals and birds.  Her public mourning, night and day for months, came to be regarded as a civil protest against the senseless massacre of war.  (2nd Samuel 21:1-14). Her unrelenting despair won the solidarity of a war-weary people and finally moved King David to grant her sons a proper burial, thereby ending the famine that had swept the land.
  • Huldah was a prophetess who had a leading role in the restoration of Israel. (2nd Kings 22)
  • Esther risked her own life to save the lives of the Jewish people.  (Esther 1-10)
  • Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, as well as Joanna and Susanna were leaders in service, submission, adoration, and providing sustenance to Jesus and his disciples.  (Luke 8:1-3; Luke 10:38-42)
  • Mary Magdalene was the first to see the risen Lord and received the task of proclaiming Jesus’ resurrection to the other disciples, specifically the men.  (John 20:1-18)
  • Lydia, a merchant, was a leader in hospitality to Paul and Silas during their missionary work (Acts 16:14-15).  She also hosted one of the first home fellowship assemblies of the early Church (Acts 16:40).
  • Phoebe held a special role in the early church on account of her willingness to help anyone in need (Romans 16:1-2).
  • Priscilla boldly accompanied her husband Aquila while he joined Paul in his work as a tentmaker and a missionary (Acts 18).
  • Rahab was a gentile prostitute who displayed exceptional wisdom and faith by colluding with two Israelite spies. (Joshua 2).  In spite of her sins, God honored Rahab’s faith and courage by placing her in the lineage of not only Israel’s great King David (Matthew 1:6) but also of Jesus, the King of Kings (Matthew 1:1).

Other women who showed extraordinary initiative in their personal relationships with men include Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Tamar, Leah, Ruth, the Shulamite girl in the Song of Songs, Abigail, Bathsheba, and Mary the mother of Jesus.

Three individuals, Junia(s) (Romans 16:7), Chloe (1st Corinthians 1:11), and Nympha(s) (Colossians 4:15), hosted home church fellowships.  They are believed to be women, but this is not certain.

A real housewife is joyful in service.

God Glorifies those Women who Help and Serve

Looking through this list, we see that the female leaders in the Bible glorified God through their faithful service to men or to a larger body of people.  These women played the role of a helper, a mediator, a prophetic advisor, or one who provided sustenance, and not as a conqueror or teacher.  In all cases, it was obvious that God was the power behind their leadership, and not the woman herself. It should also be noted that they all worked in cooperation with other leaders who were men.

The examples of Deborah, Huldah, and Esther are unique, in that they were political leaders.  God is glorified when people who fear the Lord follow the leader, not because of the leadership ability of the person, but because they recognize that they don’t need a great leader to be obedient to God’s authority.

These female leaders in the Bible exercised faith by recognizing that all they needed to do was to speak the Lord’s truth, and/or offer a unifying voice of direction to coordinate the people’s labor for the Lord.

People are willing to follow such leaders because they fear authority, are intuitively aware of God’s purposes, or else they recognize the truth of the prophetic Word, and therefore, they only need a united effort and the willingness to obey in order to carry out His will. Thus, the Lord did the work through the people’s obedience, and not through any leadership expertise on behalf of the leader.

A real housewife glorifies God.

God Glorifies the Weak and Helpless

From a larger perspective, we know that God often chooses those who are seemingly unable to do great things for the simple reason that this glorifies Him.  Therefore, women, as being the weaker vessel (1st Peter 3:7), may be recruited by God to serve in His purposes and to glorify Him.

But this state of weakness is not necessarily something we should seek out, nor be envious of.  The apostle Paul spoke of this as being a “thorn in the flesh”.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NKJV)

A Strong Independent Woman™ (SIW), or one who claims or aspires to be such. is not a Christian woman, nor one who glorifies God.

A Real Housewife™ glorifies God, not just herself.

Conclusions

Now before readers jump to the conclusion that I am defending the rulership of many women in power, I need to emphasize that a woman in a position of leadership can only glorify God if she is dedicated to doing the Lord’s work.

  • Without God, a female cannot be a leader.
  • Without glorifying the power of God through her weakness, a female cannot be a leader.
  • Without God-fearing followers, a female cannot be a leader.
  • Without followers that are unified in working together to do God’s will, a female cannot be a leader.

Let’s not forget the reason why God appoints females to be leaders at special times and under unique conditions. It is to glorify Himself.

Only by the power and authority of God can a female serve in a leadership position. The moment she ceases to act as an agent of His will, the moment she fails to glorify God, she will fall from her position, or else the followers will be misled and will fail in their efforts.

Of course, we know that practically 100% of all women in politics today are in it for other reasons.

* H/T: Patriactionary: You, madam ‘preacher’, are no lady (2020 April 26)

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19 Responses to How do Women Glorify God?

  1. AngloSaxon says:

    Huldah was NOT a political leader, she merely transmitted a message from God to the men Josiah sent to her.

    Deborah was a judge because the men of that time were NOT leading the nation as they ought to do, she even rebuked Barak for his lack of faith and he was shamed by a woman killing Sisera when it should have been him who killed Sisera.

    Esther was NOT a political leader – she influenced her husband (using her beauty and submission) for good – whilst she was under the direction of Mordecai – who was ofc a man.

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  2. Lance Roberts says:

    “In a Sense” is really stretching it. Initiative does not mean leadership even if it is a component of it. Here’s my take on Deborah: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/947/11.

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    • penumbrated says:

      Lance thank you for that link to stack exchange. Seems to be a helpful resource.

      Jack I am very impressed with your blog. In addition to stating the issues, you seem to want to actually help christian men improve and to glorify our Creator.

      I washed up in the sphere about 10 years ago while performing google searches such as “selfish crazy wives”. I landed at Dalrocks, which was a true find of metaphorical gold. I mostly lurked over that time, but did comment about 20 times in total at Dal’s and a few other blogs. This handle is a new. Perhaps I’ll join some of the conversing here.

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      • Jack says:

        @ Penumbrated,
        Thanks and welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying Sigma Frame. I do hope that my writings can help other men sort things out.

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  3. Lexet Blog says:

    Mary Magdalene seeing Christ appear isn’t a commentary on the priority of women.

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    • Jack says:

      @ Lexet,

      “Mary Magdalene seeing Christ appear isn’t a commentary on the priority of women.

      You’re looking at it from a modern perspective, i.e. whether women should be prioritized. Mary Magdalene had been promiscuous before she met Jesus. For her to be the first to see Christ appear is a glorification of the transcendental humanity and preeminence of Christ as a conqueror of sin and death.

      Remember that hedonistic PUA’s were the first to rediscover the truths about women and intersexual relations. God is glorified through the weakness of man (and women). It is an intrinsic irony of the gospel.

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  4. bee123456 says:

    The Conservative Case for Becoming Your Wife’s Helpmeet:

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/amy-barretts-husband-is-the-real-hero-here/

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    • cameron232 says:

      No doubt Mrs. Barrett follows the Catechism of the Council of Trent (never rescinded):

      “The wife should love to remain at home, unless compelled by necessity to go out; and she should never presume to leave home without her husband’s consent.”

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    • AngloSaxon says:

      Does “conservative” mean anything? Why don’t these people identify as right wing?

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      • AngloSaxon says:

        Update – a woman wrote the article, why am I not surprised.

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      • Jack says:

        Jessica Kramer (the author of the article at The American Conservative) is channeling a lot of implicit feminist thinking. I couldn’t read it to the end.

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      • Novaseeker says:

        Jack –

        The authoress is self-described in her LinkedIn profile as being the founder of “Ladies for Liberty”, which is described as “A conservative feminist group set out to reclaim & redefine feminism in every pillar of society for the millennial generation”. So she’s openly a feminist, which isn’t surprising, but at least she doesn’t claim to be otherwise.

        She’s also a convert to Catholicism from Protestantism — see the YT video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv39C-hVvmE

        “The American Conservative” seems pretty true to its name — conservatives are feminists, folks, they’re just feminists who are heterosexual (well, mostly, except for that time in college … ), like long hair and feminine attire/makeup/appearance, dislike porn, taxes, regulation, and abortion. But on everything else? 100% feminist.

        Same goes for many trads, until you get to real outliers.

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      • Jack says:

        @ Novaseeker,
        The left-right political divide is actually a distraction from the real issues, which have long been forgotten about.

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    • Jack says:

      From the Christianity Today article…

      “These husbands contribute to God’s kingdom work in their own unique ways—including by helping their spouses do theirs. In fact, Roy Prior… and Doug Johnson… said they view their primary calling as in part to support their wives.”

      When I read stories like this, I have to ask myself, Are these women truly glorifying God, or are they simply cultural superstars who earned their highly coveted feminist merit badges and found a way to work the system? Also, Do they regard their husbands as an authoritative lord and master of their hearts, submitting to him as the priest and king of the home, or do they see themselves as the preeminent figure and the husband as a sidekick assistant — a trophy of their own feminist achievements?

      All of them have various shades of the feminist inversion of the hierarchy, but how much varies on a case by case basis. I could believe a very small number of them do glorify God. From what I have read so far, ACBarrett might be one such example. She is clearly dedicated to husband, home and family in addition to her jurisprudence. Women like BMoore and SGregoire would be on the opposite end of the spectrum among professing Christians. They seem to prioritize their appealing subjective philosophies more than submission to their husbands.

      I think there’s nothing wrong with fame, because Jesus and his disciples were very famous. Fame can be a vehicle to spread a message and inspire others. But what is reason for the fame, and what is the message that one’s fame is broadcasting? These are pertinent questions.

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  5. bee123456 says:

    Jack,
    I agree that ACBarrett appears to be better than most other cultural superstars. I think short term inversions of the Creation hierarchy are a good thing; a husband should help his wife when the wife is ill, when she is having a difficult pregnancy, after she has birthed each child.

    I see a big problem when the inversion is multi-decades long, essentially a permanent part of the marriage. ACBarrett is 48, she could easily serve on the Supreme Court for another 35 years!

    We also need to consider the effects on the couple’s children; both husband and wife are modeling and demonstrating inversion for their male and female children. This could then be multiplied by their descendants for many generations.

    Other factors to consider are the increased possibility of dead bedrooms and divorce when the husband is the long term helpmeet.

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    • Novaseeker says:

      Yes, that’s true. I think that the inversion started quite some time ago, however. They met while law students at ND and she went on to become a Supreme Court clerk, which is the most prestigious thing a US law graduate can do, while he became a prosecutor. She next worked for a high powered DC litigation boutique, worked on Bush v. Gore in 2000 and so on. She has been a very high powered lawyer from the time she graduated law school, and rather obviously higher powered than the husband.

      So while I agree that the inversion will perpetuate going forward (if she does get confirmed, he will never do anything comparable in power to being a US Supreme Court justice), it looks, to me at least, like the pattern of inversion was already well established, and likely has been since law school — she was more high powered than he was, professionally, all the way through.

      I expect what he has relied on to keep things manageable is their charismatic group, which appears to have cult-like aspects to it, which likely keep her much more in line than would be the case if they were just run-of-the-mill typical suburban Mass Factory Parish catholics.

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      • bee123456 says:

        Novaseeker,

        “…. it looks, to me at least, like the pattern of inversion was already well established, and likely has been since law school … ”

        Good point, dating plus 21 years of marriage to this point, plus the future years.

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  6. ramman3000 says:

    “Only by the power and authority of God can a female serve in a leadership position. The moment she ceases to act as an agent of His will, the moment she fails to glorify God, she will fall from her position, or else the followers will be misled and will fail in their efforts.”

    An observation: this applies to men as well.

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