Lori’s post today brings up a lot of discussion points. A common trait among godly women and the manosphere is the disgust for female emotion and feelings (aka feeeeeelings). They are very bad things, never to be trusted, yet a double standard always applies. Men are allowed to have feeeeeeelings. Or sometimes referred to as neeeeeeds when talking about men. Women feel. Men need. For example–women feel they want sex, but men neeeeeed it. Onto the Lori quotes:
The reason women are flocking to Jesus Calling and many of the female Bible teachers and writers is because they appeal to their emotional nature. Women love to feel things. If they don’t feel in love with their husbands, they will often divorce them to find another man they might feel in love with. They may not even feel that they love one of their children but they must regardless of their feelings. Women love to feel emotional over the Lord and His Word. I am not saying this is wrong but it shouldn’t be our goal. Our goal should be to obey the Lord by doing what He has clearly told us to do in His Word without depending upon our emotions to lead us.I went to a wonderful retreat this past weekend where a close friend of ours led a women’s one-day retreat. Carol Hopson said, “Emotions are not dictators; they are indicators of our need to run to Jesus.” Women absolutely have a tendency to allow their emotions to dictate their behaviors. Emotions and feelings aren’t always right and often lie to us.
When Fifty Shades of Grey was popular, I read some blogs and women praising this book and how much better their sex lives were from seeing this movie. They were being led by their emotions and not by love for their husbands. I am sure the women who had “great sex lives” from this movie don’t have great sex lives anymore because emotional highs don’t last very long.
If you want to grow strong in the wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord, the only path is through His Word, not feel-good, warm and fuzzy devotionals, female preachers, emotions, and books. God’s Word is convicting, challenging, and encouraging so read and listen to Christian authors, teachers, and male preachers who teach convicting, challenging, and encouraging messages.
If that is case, then women should also not turn to warm and fuzzy blog posts? If the only path is through the Word, these godly women are distracting women with all their fluff posts and cutesy, feel good fonts and imagery. I don’t get how she can say His Word is the only path, but then say a few words later its OK to read other authors and teachers (such as herself of course) as long as its convicting, challenging and encouraging. Whether a book or article is any of those things is very subjective.
I trust this post will not leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.