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19.03.2021

Not Just Another Angry Woman

The past few weeks have been a difficult time to be a woman.

The news of the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard has appalled the entire country, and it is no surprise that her story has struck a chord with countless women. Many have shared personal experiences of how being a woman has caused them danger, intimidation, or violence, almost always at the hands of a man. This has led to the formation of a movement to unite men and women to oppose Violence Against Women.

And I get it. Living and working in London as a young woman is equal parts exciting and frightening. From being slowly followed home by a man in a car, to another man trying to lure me into a shadowy street – I get it. I understand the anger being expressed, the hurt, the desire to mourn and to grieve, and the compelling need to do something about it. This resonates with me. Things aren’t supposed to be this way.

I must confess, I first heard this quoted in a lyric from the hit musical Hamilton, but Micah 4:4 says, ‘Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.’ God intends for all people to flourish, be fruitful and faithful, and to feel safe from abuse and oppression. Here, there is no space for looking over your shoulder as you walk home at night, or being trapped in an abusive relationship. But how do we even begin to confront these wrongs, whilst fostering safety and prosperity?

Jesus responds to injustice by standing alongside the vulnerable, and the women on our frontlines will notice how we respond too. As Christians, we should be angry at injustice and strive for the protection and flourishing of women. Anger is at its best when it originates from compassion towards the vulnerable, but anger purely from revenge may not be as therapeutic as it feels in the moment. Compassion often comes at the cost of laying down pride to uplift those who are suffering. We need only look at Jesus to understand the profound effect that compassion has on those who receive it.

This is an issue impacting daughters, mothers, friends, and colleagues every day. As followers of Jesus, we have the responsibility to create spaces in our homes, teams, or workplaces where everyone is free to sit under their own vine and fig tree unafraid.

Kim McCord
Data and Systems Manager, LICC

 

 

Comments

  1. Timely reflection, Kim. Appreciate your honesty, and longing for a safe place for women to stand, and walk, and simply be. Blessings as you point the way, and encourage us to form such life-giving spaces in our lamentably hostile society.

    By Dave Benson - 19 Mar 2021
  2. Sister Kim, Thank you for your reflection. Women and Men are called to make a safe space for each other if we are to flourish as people and as a community that Jesus died for so that we may all have life to the full. Brother Ridgely

    By Ridgely Johnson - 19 Mar 2021
  3. Hearing “men do this” and “men do that” so often on current affairs programmes this week has reminded me how crucial it is that we men follow, commend and celebrate the example of Jesus, the ideal of both manhood and humanity

    By David Stephens - 19 Mar 2021
  4. Thank you Kim, you eloquently highlight such an important issue for the health of our communities. As a husband, father of three daughters and grandfather of four granddaughters, I delight in the way Jesus tenderly interacted with women as the most beautiful expression of the Father-Heart of God. At a time when gender identity is under constant attack, it is vital that God’s children model how ‘Imago Dei’ can only be fully expressed as ‘male and female created he them’; each gender unashamedly expressing both the masculine and feminine attributes of the ‘likeness of God’.

    By Peter Riley - 19 Mar 2021
  5. Thanks you – and it behoves all of us as men – especially followers of Christ – to ‘be an ally’…

    By Bruce Gulland - 19 Mar 2021
  6. Thanks Kim. Grateful for this, and for the reminder of the importance of seeing this as bound up with my following of Jesus.

    By Antony Billington - 19 Mar 2021
  7. Hi Kim, thank you for your openness and honesty. The think the words from Micah are very apt.
    God does not want us (women) to live in fear, but we do need to be aware of what is going on around us and the movement “Violence Against Women” is a good starting point.

    By Rachel Williams - 20 Mar 2021

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