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Nasty Women

October 24, 2016

I’m sure that I am not the only one who thought that the irony of Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” was quite remarkable.  If there was ever a case of the pot calling the kettle black Trump calling anyone “nasty” was it.  Many people were outraged by his comment and called it sexist.  But many more women have claimed the title proudly.  You can now buy “A nasty woman for Clinton” T-shirt online.  Elizabeth Warren is using the phrase at political rallies.

I’ve been thinking about women in the Bible who might have been given the title “nasty woman” and find there are quite a few candidates.  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Tamar.  (Genesis 38)  This Canaanite woman dressed as a prostitute and had sex with her father-in-law to have a child.  She ended up being praised in the book of Ruth and listed in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • Ruth.  (From the book of her own)  I don’t know why she is often portrayed as meek and submissive.   I am in awe of her boldness in leaving her home country, sticking with her mother-in-law at all costs, and taking daring steps to initiate the relationship with Boaz that gets her too in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • Vashti.  (Esther 1)  I know I am not supposed to admire her but, gosh, here is a woman who would risk her life and lose her title rather than be a sex object for her husband’s drunken friends.
  • Esther.  (From the book of her own)  Was willing to die for the people of God.  Her bravery is even greater because you can see how she really had to suck up her courage with prayer and go boldly to her husband against the rules so she could face down the wicked Haman.
  • The Samaritan Woman. (John 4)  Engaged the Jewish man Jesus in a theology discussion at the well, learned that her true worth before God was greater than she could have ever believed, and returned home, no longer in shame, to be a bold evangelist.

Women of God, never….NEVER…let anyone stop you from being bold and confident in your faith and everything in your life.  You are half the church.  If someone calls you nasty, you are in good company.

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