Righteousness or ‘feminism’

Miriam the prophetess | Passover Haggadah by Raquel Vieira

Although I have not yet reached, Exodus in my daily scripture reading, other readings with which I am presently involved have mentioned, Miriam and some interesting aspects of her story of which I previously was unaware.

Miriam was not only the sister of Moses and Aaron, she was a prophetess, she was brave, she was a source of water for the Israelites while they were wandering in the desert. One thing I doubt she would have called herself, especially since the word did not exist back then would have been, ‘feminist’.

I do not understand the need for feminists to attach the word ‘Feminist’ to brave, righteous women of the bible. Is it virtue signalling? Is it a desperate plea for recognition in yet another male-dominated traditional religion?

When I see women ordained as Rabbis, Anglican priests, or stamping around stage in their Protestant ministry, dressed like men and speaking like men I think, ‘how unimaginative’. I believe asserting oneself into male dominated arenas

Miriam stands alone as a righteous women without the need to clarify her through the use of modern feminist language. I cannot imagine her, or any other strong woman of the bible, standing on a street corner wearing a big, pink, vagina costume or cat ear hat.

Whatever feminism started out as, it has become a joke.

The Prophet Miriam: Vision for the Future | Messianic Bible
The Prophetess, Miriam

Miriam’s water cup should be allowed on the Seder table but not as an act of feminist inclusion, but rather as an acknowledgement of the very important contributions of a brave, righteous woman not only to the Israelites, but to the entire world.

You can be righteous and do brave things without being a ‘feminist’.

It is more important to be obedient to the Lord (which is why, Miriam did what she did and was able to do what she was able to do. Not because she was a feminist but because she was obedient and righteous!), than to be a feminist. You can live without feminism but living without God, without the spirit of obedience (obedience is not a character of feminism so how could feminists label an obedient righteous woman as a feminist?) can have disastrous results in one’s life. Being disobedient, is something, Miriam, a pious Jewish woman, would never have done. she would have known that blessings come from being obedient.

when reading about, and studying, the women of the bible please keep in mind they existed in a different time. this might sound very basic and obvious, but I constantly see people making the great mistake of trying to either judge people in the past by our modern standards, or make the other mistake of trying to give modern labels to the behaviors of those in the past who do admirable things.

The things done by, Miriam were brave, different, maybe even a bit scary to those looking on in awe, or wonder, or even skepticism. To, Miriam however, they would just have been the things she did in obedience to hearing God’s voice. A stirring in her spirit perhaps, or a vivid dream she prayed about the next morning and went on to accomplish in ‘real-time’.

Labeling things done by brave, pious women as ‘feminist’ can be considered exclusionary or even as theft by those who are more traditional. Piety fits into tradition but the modern label of ‘feminism’ is not readily accepted by everyone… nor is it necessary. It is another act of exclusion if one thinks applying the label of ‘feminist’ to brave women of the Torah or Bible is the only way to acknowledge that what these women did was extraordinary (Extraordinary yes, but not unattainable to today’s pious women).

What women like, Miriam, the Myrrh Bearing women celebrated during Pascha and Pentecost, the Virgin Mary (Theotokos) and other women of renown, were able to do was only because of their piety and obedience. the willingness to be a vessel for God. To take a risk in order to help others. Feminism has become such a terribly selfish thing. More like a ravenous, self-serving beast in need of a shock collar (abortion, promiscuity, rage, hate, division, etc.), than a thing of beauty or of benefit. Women of the Bible who were brave and accomplished great things did so out of love for their community. They saw a need and fulfilled it. They were selfless, brave, loving, giving, self-sacrificing.

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Women such as Miriam, Sarah, Anna, Mary, et al, are exemplars of piety, righteousness, sacrifice, obedience, and love. They already have crowns of glory. They do not need the label of, ‘feminist’ in order to make them ‘relevant’.


Quotes about The Theotokos Pt.1

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I am reading a book about the Virgin Mary; The Marian Option: God’s Solution to a Civilization in Crisis.

Are you aware of the crisis mainly America is facing but also anywhere in the world where feminism has sunken its poisoned fangs into the culture? The following is an excerpt from the book, The Marian Option- copied from the description found on the Amazon seller’s page.

“How can we save civilization?” It’s becoming a common question. As the world descends into chaos, Christians are thinking deeply about how to stem the tide. Many options have been presented to overcome Christian persecution and cultural decadence, but the The Marian Option is one that is already in motion…and has been for centuries.

Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched account of the significant cultural and military events where Mary interceded on behalf us, her children.

With a detective’s eye, Gress uncovers the fascinating details of Mary’s role in major geopolitical shifts, showing how instrumental Our Mother was in:

  • Freeing Spain from Islamic occupation
  • Igniting the largest mass conversion to Catholicism in history
  • Leading an unassuming priest to bring down the world’s most powerful empire without firing a shot
  • Stomping out heresies and false teachings from the Church
Beyond the battlefield, The Marian Option also highlights the link between Marian devotion and culture, showing how the arts flourish when devotion to her is strong.

If we want to protect our children and our faith—if we want to restore civilization to Christ—Mary is the key. Not only is she keenly interested in assisting Christians, she has the ability to do so, even in the face of the gravest odds. We just have to ask.

The Marian Option will leave you with a new perspective on the Blessed Mother, a renewed hope in the future of the Church and the world.

INCLUDES AN APPENDIX WITH A ROAD MAP OF PRACTICAL ADVICE AND EXAMPLES FOR EVERY CATHOLIC (INCLUDING CHILDREN) TO LIVE OUT THE MARIAN OPTION! 

Here is the Amazon info on this book;A right understanding of Mary, the Mother of God is essential for a right understanding of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God. When her image is distorted, the image of her Son also becomes distorted.

This concise little book is a classic exposition of how the Orthodox Christian Church has venerated the Mother of God throughout the ages, and on the chief errors that have sought to change or undermine this veneration: both ancient heresies and the later deviations of Western Christendom. It clearly tells why the Virgin Mary should truly be called the Mother of God and should be honored by all generations, and why at the same time She cannot be said to have been unable to sin, or considered a Co-Redemptress along with Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world.

Written by a miracle-worker of modern times who was in close spiritual contact with the Mother of God – St. John Maximovitch, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966) – this work was translated by an American convert to the Orthodox Faith who was a beloved disciple of St. John: Hieromonk Seraphim Rose of Platina (1934-1982).

 

The first time I stepped foot into an orthodox Church (which also is the one I now attend) I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the ‘Mary stuff’. Have been in the church a few years now, I want more information on Mary, or as we Orthodox call her, The Theotokos which means, ‘God-bearer’.

We Orthodox do not have a specific prayer to The Theotokos. We say on our prayer ropes. We say, ‘Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me the sinner.’

Here is an article about it from the OCA website:

The Roman Catholic devotion of praying the Rosary is not a part of the Orthodox Christian Tradition, as this devotion in its present form dates from about the 15th century—hundreds of years after Roman Catholicism separated herself from the Orthodox Church.

In Orthodoxy there is, however, the practice of praying the Jesus Prayer—“O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner”—on a set of prayer beads, generally 100 in number. This tradition is especially upheld by Orthodox monks and nuns, although a growing number of laypersons also make use of such beads. This usage, however, is completely unrelated in origin, form, and content to Roman Catholicism’s Rosary.

I might add that the original version of the prayer which forms the basis of the Rosary—the “Hail Mary”—finds a prominent place in Orthodox Christian liturgical worship and private prayer. The prayer reads as follows:

quot; Rejoice, O Virgin Mother of God, Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, for you have borne the Savior of our souls.” end

Here is a LINK to the website for Orthodox Mom who has posted a prayer to Mary for every day of the week.

This prayer is a standard prayer int he Orthodox Church and can easily be incorporated into one’s use of the prayer rope and Jesus prayer.

It is truly meet to bless you, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word. True Theotokos we magnify you!

No matter what prayer you say, remember to pray to The Theotokos; the Queen who sits at the right hand of Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God the Father.