Amos / chapter 4 (read the chapter)
I almost titled this blog, God has a hot mouth. In the opening verse of this chapter, He addresses women in a way most men wouldn’t dare: “You women of Samaria are fat cows! You mistreat and abuse the poor and needy, then you say to your husbands, ‘Bring us more drinks!’” (vs 1)
Wow. Don’t you just love when God doesn’t mince words?
What’s remarkable in this chapter is that God is, once again, addressing the spiritual and social ills of Israel, but this time, He’s laying the blame squarely at the feet of women. What? I thought Israel was a male-dominated culture. I thought women were regarded as property in the Old Testament!
That they were. But don’t you for one second believe that this rendered them any less powerful. God created women powerful and gave them the ability to use this power in their relationships with men. Eve certainly wielded that power over Adam (though, unfortunately, not in a good way), and nothing has changed.
Well, I shouldn’t say nothing has changed. The irony is that the feminist movement has actually persuaded a lot of women to abandon their God-given power in order to seek power in places they will never find it. Instead of realizing the special ways God has made them powerful, they have been duped into striving to get something they already have but will lose in the process of grasping for it. In this way, feminism produces women who are weaker, not stronger.
It’s really true. My husband may be the head of our family, but I’m the one with the power. In the heart of a man who is committed to a woman, God has placed a strong desire to gain and hold her love, approval, and admiration. Add to that the likelihood that this same woman is the mother of his children and the keeper of his castle, and you have a recipe for a man who will do almost anything for his woman.
God made women powerful; this chapter leaves no doubt about it. The moral decay of Israel’s society and culture, while certainly perpetuated by men, was driven by women—women who practiced abuse and injustice, women who rejected God, women who abused their God-given power in their relationships with their husbands.
I expose my bias on the subject of feminism when I say that it makes powerful women powerless. Maybe, in some cases, that’s a good thing, because as Amos clarifies in this chapter, power in the hands of morally-deficient women is a frightening thing. It opens the door to the ruin of the entire nation.