God created man in His Own Image; in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
My mom was a southern entrepreneur before women were common in the work force. I grew up believing in equal rights, regardless of gender, color or creed.
When I joined her in the talent business, I was quick to call out unfair bias... if I thought I or others had been harmed.
Today, the gender equality cause now includes LGBTQ causes. They fight for the respect they feel is due. Truly, no one should be scorned or disdained who's trying to live and work peacefully.
No one is righteous enough to cast stones-- except Jesus, and He denied the job.
My own quest for equal rights is changing, because I want to imitate my Boss. If the King of kings became a Servant, then I must humble myself and serve, too. Jesus reveals freedom in submission.*
God's impartiality rule tells us to 'Honor all people' (1 Peter 2:17). No exclusions.
I now battle for victims in bondage to traffickers, extremists and bigots. I encourage Christians to love, rather than hate; to refuse giving or taking offense; to be patiently faithful in prayer and see the bigger picture of our Lord.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're cast to lead the church and the world, like His first century followers. Tremendous evil surrounded them, but they would not condemn anyone. They focused on their Great Commission and left matters of judgment to God.
## Judgment: Gender Equality (Part 22)
* Interesting article: The Weaker Sex? Violence and the Suffragette Movement: http://www.historytoday.com/fern-riddell/weaker-sex-violence-and-suffragette-movement
* For me, both surrender to Christ and submission to others are processes. I can't claim I've mastered either one, but I'm trying. I believe Jesus will cover me and perfect me as I grow to be more like Him.
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.