A number of friends contacted me with frustration lately, because they discovered that a number of women from their churches participated, in person, at one of the many Women’s Marches around the country. What’s more, these same women were distressed because a good number of the women who marched expressed sadness about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Why were my friends upset? My guess is that they assumed that the other women in their church thought as they did regarding various “women’s issues,” such as abortion and feminism, and were shocked to see their church friends reacting much like the mainstream media when their candidate lost the election. As the expression goes, “When you assume, you make an ass of you and me (ass of u and me).
The mistake we all can make is to accept the categories we are given by the culture, and thereby believe every woman who turned out to these marches was in full agreement with the talking heads and celebrities who were given airtime. It is faulty to assume that every woman who participated wants to kill an unborn child. While many who attended might well have had abortions in their past, maybe they were marching because they desperately want to see justice prevail against fathers who committed incest with them, or men who used and then abandoned them when they got pregnant, or men who raped them and got off scott free.
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].