The wild Christian woman is real. She lives and breaths through Christian communities. She may be sitting next to you at church, across the circle at your prayer group, or smiling at you when she walks in the church.
She may be your daughter, friend, sister, girlfriend, or wife. She may be you.
She is often the woman we are afraid of. Because she isn’t interested in following the rules of the past or conforming to today’s standards, she has her heart set somewhere else. Making her very dangerous.
Not really dangerous to you but dangerous to old patterns of religion and ideas that may feel comfortable but are contradictory to the teachings of Jesus. Even worse, she doesn’t care if you’re uncomfortable because she is only interested in following the pull of God.
She’s the woman asking why, when old theologies are brought up that most people don’t question. She genuinely wants an answer, but be prepared for her to come back with three more questions. They will be just as difficult to answer and will push your theology just as hard as she is pushing her own.
She knows the Bible, well! So be prepared to dive past simple answers. She isn’t interested in having the “right answers”; she wants the Divine’s answers.
She yearns after God like the woman in the Song of Solomon who rushes from her home looking for her lover, and while the watchmen of today may beat and bruise her, she will continue to hunt out her beloved.
Since the beginning, she has been with us. She had a child out of wedlock. She talked to a strange man at the local well, she cleaned a teacher’s feet while others scoffed, and celebrated the resurrection while the disciples hid. We see her story in the saints who disobeyed the government, their husbands, and fathers because they were following a Divine pull greater than these men’s authority. Later the Wild Christian woman donned men’s clothes and lead armies into battle. In the American colonies, she was banished for holding bible studies and celebrating her relationship with God.
She has been hung, burned, attacked by lions, tortured by men, and she continues to come back again and again.
Today she is called Jezebel, a deceiver, and whore. She is fired from ministries, abandoned by those who claim to love her, and told to quiet down by well-intended friends. Tomorrow she will be called Saint, a holy woman, a great teacher, and more.
The wild Christian woman is real. And today, just like yesterday, we are trying to eradicate her. Lucky for us, we will fail.
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