Marching On

Marching On

While I’m not attending the marches today, I am soldiering on in support of equal rights and freedoms for all.

I’m going to be honest, I felt regret at not having made a better effort to join one of the marches. I probably could have made it work. So today, as I watched the seas of pink made up of my sisters and brothers for equality, I felt a since of failure at not having worked harder to participate.

Then I remembered this effort isn’t a one day or one way deal. It’s a mindset formed by a strong, passionate belief in the forward progression of equality for all American citizens.

Since I’m not marching with my feet, I will march with my words. I will continue to use my voice to fight back against efforts to undo the work of the men and women who’ve gone before me, the men and women on the historical battlegrounds of religious freedom, civil rights, women’s suffrage, women’s rights, and marriage equality.

I will continue to do the unpopular work of stepping away from my Christian fold when it has lost its way, when the throng of sheep march mindlessly down a path which seems lead more and more by the heart of man and less and less by the heart of Jesus.

I will continue to speak out against hate of any kind. I will embrace the most important commandment and that is to love my neighbor as God has loved me. As God has loved me, an imperfect, flawed, lost, stained, undeserving sinner.

When I reflect on what that type of love looks like, it looks nothing like the current platform of the White House.

I will continue to place my allegiance behind leaders who view their role toward humanity with the same humility as God: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:17

I will continue to stand beside leaders who work to shine a light, not cast a shadow, who work to undo chains, not bind with old shackles.

I will continue to use my words to defend attitudes which objectify half of God’s creation. I will not sit idly by and watch the admittance of sexual assault lessened to a locker room joke that was simply swept under a rug.

I will continue to remind women of their role in this world. A role that doesn’t involve being a man’s servant, eye candy, or play thing. We are not the reward of a conquest, a means to an end. Daughters, you are not just something to “get with.” Sons, your goal isn’t to “bang that” or “hit that.”

Rather a woman’s role includes reflecting the image of God into this dark world: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female and he created them.” Genesis 1:27

I will continue to open the eyes of women and men to Christian feminism. We are equal creations of God. We are equal image bearers of God. We have equal and direct access to God. God lives in each of us as fully and as equitably as he does in man. We have equal freedoms in God.

So to demand equality and necessitate the freedom of women in the church, home, workplace, and community is not a world view. It’s a Biblical view. Earned for us through the death and resurrection of Christ.

Yes, my marching didn’t get done today with my feet, but I will not let that stop me from contributing to this monumental movement for freedom and equality for all Americans with my words.

Today I marched with my words.

How will you march?

We all have a way to contribute; there is no insignificant effort.

Find your way and march on, my friend, find your way and march on.




1 Comment

  1. Dr. Clark Roush
    Jan 21, 2017

    Oh my goodness, Carrie! YES YES YES for this post!!!

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