Lent Day 20

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Day 20

Thinking about something like the Divine Feminine can be very interesting and even enlightening in the midst of the political turmoil we are seeing in America.

This week I thought about the idea that many people voted for Donald Trump because they viewed our society as something that is becoming weaker.

Which is so interesting because I and many others view society as becoming stronger. Many of us had a sense that things were moving in the right direction.

For many evangelicals, things like political correctness, less military might, climate justice, and social justice (Including racial movements like “Black Lives Matter, immigrant issues, bathroom bills, LGBT equality) come across as America losing its spine.

I actually believe this has everything to do with the Divine Feminine.

In my upbringing in Evangelical America, patriarchy was a good word. The men were the heads of the household; as Christ was the head of the church. But what was subtly caught and taught with this patriarchy, was that the Feminine was weaker, inferior, or as I’ve heard some suggest “sissy stuff.”

Generation after generation has been trained to have a great difficulty seeing the Feminine as strength. Or better yet, as divine.

Compassion for the least of these. Comfort for the sick. Care for the planet. Love for our enemies. Kindness towards diversity (Or political correctness as some call it). These are all the feminine traits of Jesus.

And these all were the strengths of Jesus. His willingness to not repay violence. His willingness to look beyond racial and cultural differences. His coming as a servant.

The entire point of Jesus is that he flipped the system on its head. What was considered weak he made strong.

But generation after generation has lost this feminine side of Jesus. We hid the feminine side of God.

We continued to see ourselves superior to others. We continued to rob the earth of its resources for our own gain. We continued to serve ourselves rather than treat others. We continued to think order was found in the myth of redemptive violence. “You bomb me, I’ll bomb you.” This is why many Christians feel the need to carry guns at their waist. The only strength they know is brute or masculine strength.

But the strength of God is the union of the masculine and the feminine.

Feminine strength was shocking for the Pharisees. It’s how Jesus set himself apart and defied the expectations of the warrior Messiah everyone awaited. In fact the Divine Feminine is the Jesus who would go to the cross rather than repay violence with violence. Who would forgive those who “do not know what they are doing.” This same power is shocking for our culture today. But regardless, it is the hour for the Divine Feminine. This is the tool that humbles such violent injustice

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